A 29-year cultural exchange with traditional Native American artists in Zuni, New Mexico and the founding of Idiwanan An Chawe the first Zuni language theater company.
Zuni-Appalachia Exchange and Collaboration
When Dudley Cocke was hitch-hiking around the US in 1969, he met Edward Wemytewa at a pick-up basketball game in Zuni, New Mexico..
A collection of Appalachian and Zuni music, humor, stories, and oral histories drawn from Co
This 112-page, bilingual book with accompanying compact disc probes the sixteen-year collaboration between artists from two of our nation's most traditional cultures -- Zuni Native American and Appalachian. Edited by Dudley Cocke, Donna Porterfield, and Edward Wemytewa, and published by Zuni A:shiwi Publishing in 2002, the book is available from University of New Mexico Press. "Our A:shiwi (Zuni) People have a long history of sharing. This Zuni-Appalachia collaboration on storytelling and drama continues a venerable tradition.
One result of Roadside Theater’s community residencies is the creation of new regional theaters. The most recent is Idiwanan An Chawe, a Native American theater in the Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, which creates and performs Zuni language plays. Idiwanan An Chawe grew out of an ongoing 26-year cultural exchange between Roadside and traditional Native American artists of Zuni. Through this exchange, the two groups co-created and toured Corn Mountain/Pine Mountain , a bi-lingual play with music and dance that explores the differences and common ground of Zuni and Appalachian culture.
By Randy Gener
"The most visionary, in form and content, is Journeys Home: Revealing a Zuni--Appalachian Collaboration . . . "