Stories from the Bush

The work done by De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre makes a significant contribution to Aboriginal theatre, culture, Canadian theatre and society as a whole. The six plays gathered here were chosen based on their relevancy and significance to the Aboriginal culture and identity, as well as the many milestones they provide in the history of the company and the artistic growth of several of the artists who are leading the artistic direction of the company today.

Among the plays in this collection are the first play to ever be professionally produced in Ojibway, the first play created using the Four Directions Creation Process, and other works that focus on the foundation teachings of Odawa Midewin, using traditional stories to create theatre and explore modern themes on time-honoured values.


Shannon Hengen

Shannon Hengen is a professor of English at Laurentian University. Her teaching roles include modern and contemporary drama, American literature, women’s writing, and the writer’s voice. She is also involved in the Interdisciplinary Masters in Humanities. Current research interests are Aboriginal and testimonial theatre, and Margaret Atwood’s oeuvre.


Joe Osawabine

Born and raised on the Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, Joe Osawabine first performed for Debaj at the age of twelve, in its landmark production of Lupi, the Great White Wolf. In the fourteen years since that performance, Joe’s evolution as an artist had tracked Debaj’s evolution as a theatre company. Joe assumed the responsibilities of Artistic Director of Debaj in 2004.


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208 Pages
9.00in * 5.80in * .60in


September 15, 2009



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