The Rivers Speak

Promotional video about the Rivers Speak Community Play
Video by Village Electric


The Rivers Speak: A Central Algoma Community Play
Mississaugi First Nation Pow Wow Grounds
Performance Dates:  September 6-9 and 13-16, 2017, 6pm 

Visit for more information and to be part of the play! Everyone is welcome!



A bit about the River Journey so far…

The “Rivers Speak” is multi-year community play process that began in August 2013.  

The project is led by Thinking Rock Community Arts in collaboration with a Creative Team of local and visiting artists, community advisors, Anishinaabe knowledge holders and Elders.  

Over the past four years, the Rivers Speak Creative Team has visited local towns and reserves – gathering in high schools, in community centres, in living rooms and around the fire – to welcome hundreds of community members of all ages to take part in multidisciplinary story gathering, drop-in artmaking, and artistic skill development workshops related to the Rivers Speak theme.  These activities have always been free and open to the public.

The hundreds of stories gathered and many art pieces created through this process – including lanterns, fish puppets, wolf and deer masks, river canoes, riverscapes, water poems, river stories and more – have informed the script and design for the Rivers Speak Community Play.  

The play will be performed outdoors at the Mississaugi First Nation Pow Wow Grounds in September 2017.  It will feature a cast of 50 local community members, who will be guided in activating the script by a Production Team of local and visiting professional theatre artists, choreographers, musicians and theatre technicians.

Following the production, we will embark on a year of learning with community participants and partners about the outcomes of the project.  We will explore what types of community stories we would like to focus on animating next, and which artistic medium might best be used.


The rivers have always spoken….it is time for us to listen!


RiversSpeak Serpent at SRFN PowWow Aug2014

The River Serpent puppet is invited to dance at the Serpent River First Nation Pow Wow, August 2014