First Nations Theatre [Native Canadian Theatre, Canadian Aboriginal Theatre] (2448 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • Robert Appleford (University of Alberta)


From the early days of contact, non-First Nations people have been fascinated with the image of the indigene, and playwrights have been inspired to write plays featuring indigenous characters, histories, and mythologies. But it is only relatively recently in the history of Canada that First Nations playwrights and performers have begun to challenge dominant preconceptions about First Nations peoples.

Representation of North American indigenous peoples began with the first theatrical event ever performed in North America. Entitled Le Théâtre de Neptune (The Theatre of Neptune in New France), the play was written in 1606 by Marc Lescarbot (1570-1629?) and performed on the shores of Port Royal (present-day …

Appleford, Robert. "First Nations Theatre [Native Canadian Theatre, Canadian Aboriginal Theatre]". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 February 2007
[, accessed 25 April 2017.]

Related Groups

  1. First Peoples in North America

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