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January 24, 2024 @ 7:30 pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W San Francisco St
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Performance Santa Fe
(505) 984-8759
SAR partners with Performance Santa Fe

The Aunties: Women of the White Shell Water Place

Post-performance talkback with the featured performers presented by SAR and hosted by Tara Gatewood

We invite you to join us in reflection and celebration as three honored culture bearers: Nora Naranjo Morse (Kha’p’o Owenge/Santa Clara Pueblo), Deborah Taffa (Yuma Kwaa-Tsaan/Laguna Pueblo), and Laura Tohe (Diné/Laguna Pueblo) come together to honor the aunties—the women that shape, heal, and support Indigenous communities—through live storytelling, archival photographs, and works of legacy.
The Aunties is an invitation to Santa Fe audiences to gather in honor of Indigenous ways of knowing, while we reflect on our path as a community—where we stand today, where we have walked and how we will move into the future.
This live performance will become the heart of a narrative driven documentary series honoring the stories of Indigenous aunties at sites across Turtle Island (North America). The documentary series, directed by Kendra Mylnechuk Potter (Lummi) and produced by Andre Bouchard (of Flathead Salish/Kootenai/Ojibwe/Pend Oreille descent) and Sean Eve, is intended as a cultural resource for Indigenous communities that preserves the wisdom of local aunties through narrative driven documentary shorts of visual, cultural and artistic integrity.
The Aunties as both a live storytelling event and documentary series, offers a dedicated space for storytelling to honor and uphold the caretakers and guardians who nurture, guide, and inspire Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. In Santa Fe, we honor the aunties of The White Shell Water Place.

Tara Gatewood. Image courtesy of the Vilcek Foundation

Stay for a post-performance talkback with the featured performers hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and presented by the School for Advanced Research (SAR).

New Mexico debut performance

Kendra Potter (Lummi), Director
Andre Bouchard (of Flathead Salish/Kootenai/Ojibwe/Pend Oreille descent), Executive Producer
Sean Eve, Associate Producer

Presented by Performance Santa Fe in partnership with Indigenous Performance Productions, The Santa Fe Indigenous Center, and the School for Advanced Research