About Songs of the Land

Created in 2013, this is a multi-phased community and artist’s collaboration project sourcing traditional stories and culture of the N’laka’pamux people in Lytton, BC. Presented annually as part of the Lytton River Festival.

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. It returned to Lytton on July 6, 2019 as part of the the ’Q’emcín 2 Rivers Remix festival.

The Words of our Chiefs

Based on the Laurier Memorial document, The Words of our Chiefs is a dramatic re-imagining of this powerful and inspiring historical document that eloquently outlines the grievances and experiences with colonialism of First Nations of the BC Interior in 1910.  

A traditional N’laka’pamux tale. Formerly there was no death in the world, and people did not know exactly what it was.  Ant and Spider were very wise. They held a council with Fly. Spider said to Ant "You are cutting yourself in two with your tight belt. Soon you will die." In The Council of Spider, Ant and Fly we watch these three insects debate, reason and contemplate whether death should or should not exist in our world.  And they must face the harsh consequences of their decision. At the Lytton River Festival, September 2018. 

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