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Indigenous Theatre Resource Guide

This guide provides an overview of Indigenous theatre resources available at the Music & Performing Arts Library. It also serves as a starting point for research on Indigenous theatre and performance practices.

Finding Recordings and Media in the Catalog

To search for media in the Library Catalog, you can do an "Advanced Search" for your search terms and change "Material Type" from "All Items" to "Video/Film" to limit your results to media.

We've highlighted two works from the collection below if you are looking for a place to start.

You can also search for media related to Native American Studies through some of the Library's databases. Kanopy is a video streaming service that allows you limit by subject. Limit to "Indigenous Studies" to see a selection of related content.

Publicly Available Resources

The Hemispheric Institute, founded at New York University, hosts an extensive digital archive that includes media relating to Indigenous theatre and performance.

Key Indigenous Theatre Groups

As it can be challenging for libraries to collect a diversity of play recordings, you may want to search YouTube and elsewhere online to find recordings and media related to Native theatre. We've included a list of particularly influential Native theatre groups to check out. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list, but it may help direct your searching. For a more detailed and inclusive list of Native theatre groups and theatremakers working today, check out the suggestions on our Further Reading & Resources Beyond UIUC page, particularly the Indigenous Body of Work list.