My Mother’s Smile

November 28 – 30, 2002
Performance Art

About the Program

Cheli Nighttraveler's performance My Mother's Smile explores the ideas of clowning in both a Western and Indigenous context. Her interest in this area stems from being raised by her mother, a self-proclaimed "Clown for Christ," as well as her drive to learn more about the Indigenous community she was taken away from as a child. Delving into the subject brings up topics of interest such as identity, trance states, cultural taboos, the value of passing on traditions, and the place of performance in historical and modern cultures.

The performance was presented as the closing event for Nadia Myre's Indian Act.


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Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations
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