Monday, March 4, 2024

Letter to the Editor

Issue 20, 2022

Posted

Dear Editor, My name is Stacy Coronado. I am writing to personally invite the Upper Valley to “Unsettled,” the Dangerous Women production onstage May 20 and 21 at Snowy Owl Theater in Leavenworth. I am an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

I descend from the Arrow Lakes, Colville, San Poil and Wenatchee bands of the Tribes. I am also a 3rd generation Mexican American. I was born and raised in Omak, WA on the Colville Indian Reservation, where I presently live. I joined the cast of Dangerous Women last year, not knowing or having ever heard of them before. I was immediately fascinated and taken in by the authenticity and passion of the women in the production. Each woman has an amazing talent(s) from singing, playing an instrument, dance or combination of the three.

The women welcomed me with open arms and I have found my role as grandmother story teller and as a testifier about the Indian Boarding Schools. I believe it is important to tell the story of boarding schools and the impact they have had on our people.

I was the third generation in my family to attend Indian boarding school, so I know firsthand that the trauma is generational and I have witnessed the effect that it has had on my children and grandchildren. Working with the entire cast on various scenes throughout the play has been exceptionally rewarding and a true honor. I have never experienced a group so willing to engage my Native Community and include them in the story telling of our homelands.

Narrated by The Moon, in addition to Indigenous scenes, you will experience an amazing history of pioneer women of our region through song, dance, poetry, rap and theater. Tickets can be purchased through Icicle Creek Center for the Arts.

Sincerely, Stacy Coronado

letter to the editor, Issue 20, Dangerous Women

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