Songs in the Key of Cree
Lynx Lamour Goes to Nashville
by Tomson Highway
Lynx Lamour Goes to Nashville is a new country and western musical written and composed by acclaimed Cree playwright Tomson Highway. The show is about Lynx Lamour, a young Cree woman from sub-Arctic Manitoba, who goes out into the world to sing her heart out. Against all odds, she achieves her dreams. The world falls in love and will never been the same.
This project is being developed over the course of three years (2018-2020) through a series of theatre residencies, First Nations community engagements, and artistic and academic collaborations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. The song lyrics are performed in Woods Cree.
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"Reading Tomson Highway is like listening to your Kohkum speak Cree to you. It bounces in your body like water hitting rocks, tickling your ribs and poking you in the solar plexus. It makes you remember things you haven't thought of in years."
Cliff Cardinal, actor and playwright
An arts-based Indigenous language revitalization project
Songs in the Key of Cree connects achimoowin, ayamoowin, and paapoowin (language, story-telling, and laughter). Building on the talents and expertise of our organizational partners, and Indigenous knowledge holders and speakers, the project incorporates community-based research into the history of language loss and revitalization, and contributes to the development of multi-media language and cultural materials. With the activities that accompany the project—including beadwork, theatre and music workshops, digital language lessons, radio airplay, multi-media stories and oral histories—Songs in the Key of Cree highlights the global importance of Indigenous languages.
Songs in the Key of Cree partners with Indigenous organizations at the forefront of language revitalization efforts in Canada: the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre, the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, and the Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre. Our academic partners include the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph.