[VIDEO: Cherish Blood reading excerpts of Deer Woman at Native Earth’s
Weesageechak Festival, 2017.]
Deer Woman is a solo warrior woman work of righteous vengeance, starring Cherish Violet Blood. Lila is a big sister whose little one was stolen. She is the daughter of a hunter who taught her all he knew. She’s ex-army, but can’t seem to leave all that training behind. Circumstances converge and Lila finds the perfect opportunity to avenge her younger sister’s murder while exercising the skills the Canadian government trained into her.
Deer Woman was written at the Banff Centre Playwrights Retreat February 2017. The script came to fullness when Cherish agreed to collaborate as performer.
The work received 3.5 days of development at Native Earth’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival in November of 2017, with Andy Moro directing and designing. Lacey Hill has since joined the team as sound designer/composer, Jessica Campbell Maracle as stage manager, Sue Balint as producer, Daniel David Moses & Carol Greyeyes as dramaturgical collaborators.
“Deer Woman is a highly provocative piece, filled with a rage often hidden from public view, which leaves an audience to wrestle with complex questions around violence, complicity, and forgiveness.” -Keith Barker, Métis, AD of NEPA
“Seeing Deer Woman struck me to my core. As a survivor of many abuses myself and having to write and post a MISSING poster for my little sister, the story was felt viscerally, as it reflected a painful reality for too many Indigenous women today and for centuries before. This story gave voice to those who are missing their beloveds, knowing that their perpetrator/murderer continues on in their behavior causing endless pain to countless others. The rawness of this story still moves me to tears and will continue to live with me. I am shaken, I am haunted, I am touched, I am grateful for Deer Woman and the very courageous and talented work of Tara Beagan and Andy Moro.” -Ashley Bomberry, multi-disciplinary Haudenosaunee artist
“Deer Woman pushes the boundaries of staged story telling with its grotesque depiction of the lengths humanity will go to when facing severe trauma. Deer Woman questions what we are capable of doing when good intentions can lead to a path of dehumanization and ultimately questions morality.” – Samantha Brown, emerging Indigenous actor/playwright
“Congrats once again on Deer Woman. Wow! So disturbing and yet it restored some of my inspiration which has gone missing for a while now.” – Monique Mojica, Rappahannock/Kuna veteran artist of 45+ years.
“Oh my god. It was just awesome. And Cherish was so f%&king excellent! Too powerful!” Jonathan Fisher, established Anishnaabe actor.
“The students here at CIT were blown away!” – Herbie Barnes Anishnaabe actor/playwright/improv artist and educator at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre
“Cherish Blood slayed that reading. I was right there, every word.” -Lacey Hill, Haudenosaunee singer/songwriter