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Indian Summer 1995: Open Wounds Tlalteuctli and In the Spirit Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: Indian Summer 1995:
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:36:12
  • Language: English
  • Date: 1995
  • Location: Performed at The American Indian Community House, New York City.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Elvira Colorado (Chichimec Otomi), Hortencia Colorado (Chichimec Otomi), Steve Elm (Oneida), Elisa Cato (Mohawk), Kim Bassett (Penobscot), Gordon Ison (Lumbee), Amy Tall Chief (Osage), Amber Gauthier (Ho Chunk)
  • Credits: American Indian Community House, producer ; Coatlicue Theater Company, Chuka Lokoli Theater Company, creators ; Elvira Colorado, Hortencia Colorado, Jim Cyrus, Betsy Theobald, directors

Indian Summer 1995: Open Wounds Tlalteuctli and In the Spirit

Open Wounds Tlalteuctli was written and performed by Elvira and Hortencia Colorado, founders of the Coatlicue Theater Company. This piece is about environmental and societal violence against women. Elvira and Hortencia Colorado, Chichimec Otomi storytellers, playwrights, performers and community activists are founding members of Coatlicue Theatre Company (please see the Artist Profile for the Coatlicue Theater Company). They are also members of Danza Mexica Cetiliztli, New York Zapatistas and the American Indian Community House. The company's plays address social, political, cultural and identity issues that impact their lives and their community. Their work is based on stories they weave together which educate as well as entertain, while reaffirming their survival as urban Native American women. They have conducted storytelling/theater workshops. They are recipients of the Ingrid Washinawatok Community Activism Award.

Also featured is In the Spirit, written and performed by the Chuka Lokoli Theater Company ("Chuka Lokoli" means community spirit in Choctaw). A group of Indians are planning to blow-up Mt. Rushmore and while at the site their own personal issues threaten to derail their plan. The Mt. Rushmore monument is located in the sacred site of the Black Hills South Dakota. The presence of the president's heads in the Black Hills is a site of contention, as they are seen as defacing sacred territory. Furthermore, federal law protects Mt. Rushmore from defacement by rock-climbers and other sportsman, while sites such as Mato Tipi (devil's tower), which are sacred to the surrounding tribes, are afforded no such protection.