"When the Salmon Spoke" is presented by Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission and Ping Chong + Company, in collaboration with SkeenaWild Conservation Trust and Salmon Beyond Borders. A digital production featuring cinematic imagery, indigenous music and visual art, and captivating life stories from community members of the Stikine River, this project connects coastal Tlingit and Haida communities and inland Tahltan communities of Alaska and British Columbia.
Lovey Brock (Haida, U.S.)
Allen Edzerza (Tahltan, Canada)
Trixie Kalkins-Bennett (Tlingit/Tahltan, U.S.)
Annita McPhee (Tahltan/Tlingit, Canada)
Bill McPhee (Tahltan, Canada)
Rhoda Quock (Tahltan, Canada)
Tis Peterman (Tlingit/Tahltan, U.S.)
Frank Young, Jr. (Haida, U.S.)
Peter Morin (Tahltan, Canada)
Erin Tripp (Tlingit, U.S.)
The storytellers of "When the Salmon Spoke" each shared their stories in one-on-one interview sessions with our project leaders, followed by recorded sessions for the production. They agreed to share virtual space in this project, though their stories and perspectives may at times differ. Each expresses their personal viewpoints and lived experiences. Their work, and ours, continues in Tahltan Territory and Tlingit Aani.
Tis Peterman (Tlingit/Tahltan), Annita McPhee (Tahltan/Tlingit), Kirby Muldoe (Gitxsan/Tsimsian), Heather Hardcastle, & Ryan Conarro.
Creative Director & Producer: Ryan Conarro
Music: George Kuhar
Drumming: Katherine George-Byrd (Tlingit)
Singing: Katherine George-Byrd & Ethel Lane (Tlingit)
Formline Visual Art: Alano Edzerza (Tahltan)
Animation: Sarah Conarro & Julian Bozeman
Video Editing: Dan Mesec & Ryan Conarro
Sound Editing: Mike Sakarias & Ryan Conarro
Community Engagement & Facilitation:
Tis Peterman (Tlingit/Tahltan)
Nuskmata (Jacinda Mack) (Nuxalk/Secwepemc)
Annita McPhee (Tahltan/Tlingit)
Kirby Muldoe (Gitxsan/Tsimsian)
SEITC Outreach Consultant in Alaska: K’yuuhlgaansii Frederick Otilius Olsen, Jr. (Haida)
Outreach Consultant in Tahltan Territory: Carmen McPhee (Tahltan)
Editorial Consultant: Sara Zatz
Research collaboration: Nuskmata (Jacinda Mack) (Nuxalk/Secwepemc)
Dramaturgical support: Maia Wikler
Transcriptions: Miciana Alise (Tlingit)
AanYatxu.org Story Archive: Sarah Campen, with Heather Hardcastle & Ryan Conarro
Videography, Photography, & Footage
Michael Bourquin (Tahltan), Allison Barrett, Hannah Barrett, Ilsa Barrett, Cheyenne Hendrickson, Dan Mesec, Troy Moth, Colin Arisman, Ryan Peterson, Travis Rummel, Bjorn Dihle, Amy Gulick, Chris Miller, Alex Crook, Freddy Munoz, Garth Lenz, Global News / Canadian Global Television Network
"When the Salmon Spoke" is a work in Ping Chong + Company’s Undesirable Elements series of community-specific theatrical works, conceived by Ping Chong.
Conceived as a virtual process & digital production by Ryan Conarro.
National Endowment for the Arts
The Firelight Group
Western Organization of Resource Councils
The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Travel & Exchange Network, supported by lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Ping Chong + Company is grateful for the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Ford Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program in partnership with the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Leon Levy Foundation, Acton Family Giving, The Lucille Lortel Foundation, and many generous individual donors.
Salmon Beyond Borders (SalmonState) is grateful for the support of the William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, Wilburforce Foundation, Edgerton Foundation, and True North Foundation.