Savage Society and the Massey Theatre Society joined their artistic forces in 2018 and launched the inaugural Indigenous multi-disciplinary arts program: The Skookum Indigenous Arts Series. The program consists of original plays, dance, film and mixed arts utilizing the theatrical resources of a colonial institution to help make Indigenous talent visible, raise awareness of the talent, and foster cultural exchange and dialogue. This series was made possible by a three-year grant from the Vancouver Foundation.
Based on a traditional Nlakap’amux story about a community confronting the issue of domestic violence, Battle of the Birds is a story set in the mythical time before time, when animals appeared like humans with animal attributes and spoke a similar language. Adapted and directed by Kevin Loring. Battle of the Birds first premiered in Lytton, BC in 2015, and was then featured in the 2016 Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver. Another production is now set for July 6, 2019 at the ’Q’emcín 2 Rivers Remix in Lytton.