In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, a number of Central Oregon students will examine the rich cultural history of our area, and learn lessons about tradition, bravery, understanding and friendship from a horse named Mistatim.
Wednesday, November 17 at the Madras Performing Arts Center, The Tower Theatre Foundation and Red Sky Performance Company present Mistatim, an energetic, visual, and touching performance that tells the story of two young neighbors coming together to tame a wild horse. Through their journey they become friends and bridge the cultural divide that separates them.
The Tower Theatre Foundation’s Education Coordinator Mollie Tennant, together with Kathleen Allen, a Tower Theatre teaching volunteer, collaborated with the Director of Madras Performing Arts Center Shannan Ahern, Superintendent of Jefferson County School District Rick Molitor,Museum at Warms Springs Executive Director Carol Leone, and Education Coordinator at Museum at Warm Springs Tamera Moody to create a cultural curriculum and connect the students of Central Oregon.
The curriculum includes a culmination of in-school activities that introduce students through oral and written language to the themes of the play and the cultural history of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. “These activities will engage and prepare the students for the performance and broaden their understanding of the themes they will be introduced to,” says Tower Theatre Education Coordinator Mollie Tennant.
Students attending the 10:30am matinee represent a number of schools including Tumalo Community School, Buff Intermediate School, Warm Springs K-8 Academy, Metolius Elementary, Big Muddy School, Crooked River Elementary and Homeschool students from the Central Oregon area. In addition, the entire Central Oregon community is invited to the free public performance of Mistatim at the new Madras Performing Arts Center at 6pm.
This program is part of the Tower Theatre Foundation’s Education Series LessonPLAN with support from WESTAF, The Western States Arts Federation. The nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to be the leading performing arts organization, providing cultural and educational programs that make an essential contribution to Central Oregon’s lifestyle and strengthen the community.
Madras Performing Arts Center 412 Buff Street Madras, OR 97741