Living Voices combines live solo theatrical performances with archival film and sound, turning history into a moving and personal journey. Native Vision focuses on the story of Alice Benally, a young Navajo girl who is taken from her home and placed in a government-run boarding school during the 1930s, as part of a government effort to “civilize” Native American children into mainstream society. She explores her family’s past while struggling to keep her culture. Her vision of becoming a modern healer in a changing world is brought to life as her community joins the U.S. in World War II and her cousin becomes a Code Talker.
The evening also includes presentations by:
Jillian Putra on “Land Acknowledgement & A Brief History of Treasure Valley’s Original People.” An enrolled member of the Shoshone-Paiute tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Jillian lives in Boise, Idaho, and works for a large health organization. Her goal is to serve the Indigenous community of the Duck Valley Indian reservation and those in urban settings. Jillian is an advocate for Indigenous rights, health, and cultural preservation, and she is passionate about educating the community regarding the history of the Treasure Valley’s original people.
Norm Cavanaugh on “Life at Boarding School – My Story and That of My Elders.” Norm grew up on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. As a child he learned creation stories and traditional cultural beliefs from his grandmother. During his teenage years, Norm spent time at the Phoenix Indian Boarding School in Arizona where he made a daring escape to return home. California – Berkeley in 1979. Norm has worked in education and public health and today enjoys creation storytelling, cultural sharing, teaching the Shoshoni language and sharing Native boarding school experiences and the impact of these schools on Native people and communities.
All tickets, all seats, are $10 (including ticketing fees) available at the Morrison Center Box Office or online: https://www.morrisoncenter.com/events/detail/native-vision
BSU students, staff and faculty can receive a free ticket at the Box Office with campus identification.