A play about the environment, including its own

Before 'There Is No Word For Wilderness,' an acknowledgment of the Indigenous land upon which it was performed

There Is No Word for Wilderness
Lisa Hamalainen starring in There Is No Word For Wilderness, at the Evergreen Brick Works, Oct. 4. Alex Goudge/Toronto Observer

A play at the Evergreen Brick Works not only entertained an all-ages audience but also delivered a powerful reminder about the land on which they were enjoying it.

Written by and starring Lisa Hamalainen, the family-oriented There is No Word For Wilderness , performed Oct. 3 and 4, delivered a potent message: Do not take the environment for granted.

“It’s about not seeing nature as a resource, but seeing it as energy and spirit,” Hamalainen said.

It also provided a lesson on Indigenous culture and heritage.

Prior to the play’s start, an acknowledgment was made of the Indigenous land upon which Evergreen stands. The story centres on a woman who is lost in the forest but befriends animals along the way in order to gain clarity.

Annie Vandenberg, program manager at Evergreen, thinks the play was a success.

“I’d like to see something like this in elementary schools,” she said.

The most powerful part of the evening took place after the play ended, when Shelba Deer, a friend of Hamalainen, led an Anishinaabe teaching.

After There is No Word For Wilderness ended, the audience gathered around a fire for an Anishinaabe teaching. (Alex Goudge/ Toronto Observer)

Held around a fire, it provided a lesson about the land and spirituality, which included the audience participating in a traditional smudging ceremony and an offering to Shkagamik-Kwe, or Mother Earth.

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Posted: Oct 16 2018 1:33 pm
Filed under: Arts & Life