I"shti"thi"ke Theatre - Transforming Native Tales with Shadow Puppetry

by  Bash the Trash Environmental Arts

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In this inspiring workshop your students will meet Renee Sans Souci, an Indigenous artist, educator and activist who has been exploring new ways to share contemporary stories mixed with older stories from Tribal Peoples. Adding a visual element to traditional nighttime events, she built lightboxes powered by reused car batteries, and then incorporated South East Asian shadow puppetry techniques to create a new kind of performance - Prairie Shadow Puppetry. In this workshop students will be challenged to create their own shadow puppets from reused/repurposed materials, and then bring them to life with characteristic movement and voice characterization. Teachers will find that incorporating these techniques can help transform storywriting and storytelling exercises into fun creative events.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $220.00
Point to Point: $220.00

Because of the hands-on nature of this program, it is intended for a single classroom @$220.



Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Art, Culture, Fine Arts, International, Literacy, Performing Arts, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Music, Writing

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If for any reason the recipient wishes to reschedule up to 24 hours before the program, Bash the Trash will make every effort to accommodate the rescheduling.

If for any reason the recipient wishes to cancel a program, there is no fee up to 24 hours before the program. Cancellation within 24 hours of program, with no rescheduling possible, entails payment of the full fee.

However, in the case of a weather or pandemic-related cancellation within 24 hours of program, please contact us and we'll work it out.

About This Provider

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Bash the Trash Environmental Arts

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Bash the Trash programs are about music, science, culture, arts and the environment! Centered around the concept of sustainability, we’ve been building and performing with found-object instruments for over 30 years, making connections to plastic pollution and climate change. 

Over time our programs have evolved into a wide range of musical and cultural experiences that go beyond homemade instruments. Our diverse crew of presenters offer a series of programs based on their individual artistic skills and cultural backgrounds, making connections with students through their amazing experiences. We’re eager to interact with audiences through the arts, Q&A and conversation to create true cultural and artistic exchanges. 

Hands-on instrument-building or art-making is possible in most programs using simple reused/repurposed materials. Bash the Trash offers workshop/performances and multiple-session residencies as well as fun and useful professional development for educators, all closely aligned to national and local standards. Plus Bash the Trash programs are great for special days like Earth Day, National Recycling Day and World Water Day! 

Ian Bertles

Program Details


Each program will be different depending on the artist and the needs of the class and teacher, but in general each show will look like this:
1. Initial mini-performance
2. Introductions
3. Focus on the art form - history, cultural significance, modern variations
5. Using reused/repurposed materials, create a shadow-puppet character and embue it with movement and vocal style
6. Q&A
7. Final performance (Puppet Parade?)


1. Meet an artist, learn about what they do; discover the rich variety of Indigenous art and culture creation going on
2. Discover their art form, the history, background, culture; look carefully at cultural differences - and human similarities - in storytelling different countries and different geographical regions
3. Explore how language, music and art can come together to teach, learn, and communicate
4. Learn about the wide variety of stories from cultural backgrounds around the world
5. Begin a “cultural exchange” between the students and the performer; increase knowledge of different cultures and encourage respect for different traditions and backgrounds
6. Get a hands-on experience of how build a simple puppet, and then use it in a fun “sharing”
7. Consider how the arts can be a force for peace and understanding in the world

Standards Alignment

National Standards

This show makes connections to:
Science: Environment, Climate Change, Plastic Pollution
Music: Cultural music, instrument families, rhythm
Cultural Studies

State Standards

available upon request