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Michael Green “Pona Kotaksi/Elk Shadow” (1957-2015)

Michael Green photo

(to be recognized collaboratively with Narcisse Blood)


Michael Green was the Co-Artistic Director and a founding member of Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and the Creator/Curator of the High Performance Rodeo.  He was an Actor, a Writer, a Director and a Producer. .

“It was Michael Green’s idea to create a legacy project as part of Calgary’s 2012 Cultural Capitol of Canada celebrations for which he served as Curator and Creative Producer.  Here Michael was the significant force behind the establishment of the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society and acted as the Executive Producer/Creator of the Making Treaty 7 Project, which invited all Calgarians to imagine our shared future through the frame of the founding event of Southern Alberta, the signing of Treaty 7 at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877 “ (One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre

Narcisse Blood and Michael Green died together on a humanitarian mission of cultural healing in February 2015 while travelling to the Treaty 4 Piapot First Nation. Their intent was to share the successful process of Making Treaty 7 in hope the positive change could continue across our nation.

In Making Treaty 7, they brought Elders from all Treaty 7 Tribes together through the creation of a theatrical event that featured indigenous and non-indigenous performers.  They used indigenous methodology in the theatre, with all present listening in the oral tradition and then re-interpreted the story of the signing of Treaty 7 in Southern Alberta through that education.  Audiences were ultimately asked to consider the inequity of the historical agreement and ideas were offered as to how we can move forward with integrity and respect – they changed the story together.

Michael was a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Art Award.  He had an extraordinary ability to see the potential in each individual he encountered and enthusiastically encouraged them to share their gift with the world.

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