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Crossfiring/Mama Wetotan: Practising Theory

edited by Kathleen Irwin & Rory MacDonald

University of Regina Press
Initial publish date
May 2009
Native American, Criticism & Theory, Performance
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2009
    List Price

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Sighting/Citing/Siting is a broad contextualization of an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural performance entitled Crossfiring/Mama Wetotan. Produced by Knowhere Productions Inc. at the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site (Saskatchewan, Canada) in 2006, this site-specific event explored the significance of the Dirt Hills to pre-contact aboriginal culture and to the non-aboriginals who have proliferated there since the mid-nineteenth century. The negotiation between practise and theory, in particular the desire to privilege neither, is represented in the book's design; its collection of critical articles, full-colour catalogue, and DVD of artist interviews and performances describe the interaction of a range of site-specific practises focusing on collaboration and interdisciplinarity.

This book is pertinent to those interested in non-conventional performance, site-specific practise, post-colonial history, labour history, cultural geography, and eco-tourism--and to all who understand the beauty of the Canadian prairies. DVD included.

About the authors

Kathleen Irwin is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina.

Kathleen Irwin's profile page

Rory MacDonald's profile page