Graceful Puppetry and Native Actors Combine in 'Ajijaak on Turtle Island'

Lovers of the Jim Henson’s muppet’s legacy and theatrical-based stories of the Ojibwe, Lakota, and Cherokee Nation, can look forward to a performance of Ajijaak on Turtle Island.  The play, directed by Heather Henson and Ty Defoe, is produced by Ibex Puppetry, a company founded in 2000 by Heather Henson, the daughter of the iconic muppets creator Jim Henson.

Courtesy Ibex Puppetry

A scene from ‘Ajijaak on Turtle Island’ includes Native actors interacting with a giant black serpent.

In addition to the contributions of the renowned contemporary puppet creator Heather Henson, artistic contributions to the play also include Grammy Award winner and champion hoop dancer from the Oneida and Ojibwe Nation, Ty Defoe (Giizhig,) Grammy and NAMA-nominated Mohawk artist Dawn Avery, and notable Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin performer and musician Kevin Tarrant.

Champion hoop dancer, writer, and director Ty Defoe performs a healing crane dance in 'Ajijaack On Turtle Island.' Projections by Kate Freer and Photo courtesy Ibex Puppetry

Photo courtesy Ibex Puppetry

Champion hoop dancer, writer, and director Ty Defoe. On the right side of this image, Defoe…

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