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shalan joudry
shalan joudryshalan joudry is a Mi'kmaw oral storyteller, poet, podcast producer, drummer/singer, playwright and ecologist. Using her theatrical background, shalan brings Mi'kmaw stories and drum songs to a new generation of listeners, as well as recounting personally crafted narratives that follow Mi'kmaw storying custom. shalan has shared her poetry, oral storytelling and drum singing with numerous stages and events for over a decade. She has had the honour of performing at the King's Theatre in Annapolis Royal, opening for stars such as Buffie Sainte-Marie and Jeremy Dutcher. Her unique specialty is performing for audiences in "the round", around a real or theatrical campfire. Her first full length play, Elapultiek, was produced twice by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre (2018 and 2019) and then published in book form (Pottersfield Press 2019). She played the lead role in both productions and is planning a post-pandemic Atlantic tour with Two Planks. Elapultiek tells the story of two contrasting ideologies around conservation and understanding of the landscape of Mi?kma?ki. NS Reviews said, "joudry's quiet passion is clear in both her words and her acting as Nat ... and Elapultiek is a healing journey for its characters and its audience with a glimmer of hope at the end."
shalan has also published two books of poetry, Generations Re-merging (Gaspereau Press 2014) and Waking Ground (Gaspereau Press (2020). Waking Ground was shortlisted for the 2021 J.M. Abrahms Atlantic Poetry Award, the 2021 Maxine Tynes Nova Scotia Poetry Award, the 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Poetry in English. In October 2020 her 13-language poem Kmitknu was turned into an installation for Nocturne (Halifax) that played in the Halifax Public Gardens as well as an audio podcast. During the global pandemic, Shalan turned to performing virtually, sharing storytelling and poetry for public events such as: Afterwords Festival, Cabot Trail Writers Festival, Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia events, Creative NS Gala Awards, the Shipwright Sessions, opening for Robin Wall Kimmerer's "What the Earth Needs of Us" (Nocturne Halifax 2020), the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre?s (PARC)'s 2021 Cabaret as well as creating a piano piece for Restorying Climate Just Futures Collaboration. Shalan lives in her home territory of Kespukwitk (southwest Nova Scotia) with her family in their community of L'sitkuk (Bear River First Nation)

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