There is a deep churning within identity, where the devices of humanity are polished. One of the grindstones is the place we live and call home.
Eleven stories explore our collective human condition, using the license provided by fable and legend. Characters from imagined pasts, possible futures, and real life each spin their own story until we recognize ourselves in the blurred, familiar patterns.
"Little Blue Riding Hood" is a girl who can only find herself when she's running away, and she never really gets there. In "Ghosts of St. Mary's," the child is only saved from Indian Residential School after she's passed to the spirit world. "The General" is still fighting a war he lost a long time ago. In "Passport," seven people stranded abroad realize that picture identification is only one way to get through borders. "Coyote's Last Strategy" is a battle so long-suffered that his people seem to lose everything - and, yet, nothing at all. "Magred and the Fire Flowers" tells the story of our collective struggle in one small mountain village. "War Chief" switches sides to win. We consider what lets people live together in "Tattoo." A very intimate, overdue conversation takes place in "The Camera." We see what the world wants with women in, "The Mill." "Fish Rock Boy" reminds us what it is to be people of the land.
Kerry Coast is a journalist, dramatist, former editor of The St’át’imc Runner and The BC Treaty Negotiating Times newspapers, co-founder and writer for the Úcwalmicw Players theatre company; and author. Her first book, The Colonial Present, was published in 2013 by Clarity Press. Other titles include Speeches from the Crowd.
Coast’s current projects include a tribute to the legendary Secwepemc leader William Ignace, "Wolverine’s Sovereignty"; and "Roadblock" – an encyclopedic documentary of Indigenous roadblocks in British Columbia; and "The Fifth World – A Non-Status Indian Reality," by Tsayskiy, Ron George, of Wet’suwet’en.