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Atiskenandahate. Le Voyage au pays des morts.
Sioui Durand, Yves
Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory
This piece is based on the concept of the longhouse, its architectural and ceremonial structure which divides men and women in different clans (during the performance, members of the audience are seated accordingly). At the confluence of the Algonquian and Iroquian worlds, a young couple fights; the young woman is killed by her companion. He must descend to the land of the dead in order to bring back her soul, but not before going through many challenges. This initiatory journey becomes a journey into his own ignorance. Through his (re)discovery of mythology he learns how to bring back not only his lover’s soul but human dignity, and (re)learns how to love.