Native Voices – Secret History examines the lives of people living between cultures: an exploration of race, culture and identity in America. Ping Chong was invited to create the production in collaboration with the Lied Center of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, as part of the Bert Nash Community Summit. Native Voices explores issues both internal and external to Native American communities, examining both the common misconceptions and stereotypes of native communities by outsiders, but also exploring the similarities and differences within the cultures, tradition and experiences of native peoples. The participants in Native Voices – Secret History are drawn from both Haskell and the local Lawrence Native American community, and represent a range of tribal, geographic, generational and personal backgrounds.
Dr. Russel Blackbird (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska), Carly Jo Blemmel (Choctaw), Dennison Dugi (Diné), Dianne Yeahquo Reyner (Kiowa Nation of Oklahoma), Lori Tapahonso (Diné)
Conceived and directed by: Ping Chong
Written by: Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, in collaboration with the cast
Stage Manager: Patrick Carriere
Lied Center of Kansas, The University of Kansas School of Fine Arts, Lawrence, KS (April 2005)
'Native Voices' causes us to listen, CJ Online, May 2, 2005
Chat transcript with Ping Chong, LJ World, Aug. 28, 2005
‘Native Voices’ breaks silence, LJ World, Apr. 24, 2005 (Right Click to View)
Review of 'Native Voices,' First Nation News, 1
Review of 'Native Voices,' First Nation News, 2
Native Voices - Secret History, Center Stage, 1
The Lied Center of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University
National Endowment for the Arts, Altria Group, the Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the MetLife Foundation, as National Sponsor of Undesirable Elements.