A nighttime lantern performance and homecoming for the buffalo of Banff National Park

Featuring the drummers of Eya-Hey Nakoda and the Czapno Theatre Ensemble

About Iinisikimm

Iinisikimm is a celebration of the return of the Buffalo to the wilds of Banff National Park. It is a gathering of artists who have come together to create and perform an interdisciplinary, puppet-lantern spectacle this summer – and for summers to come, in Banff National Park and surrounding areas. We are a multicultural ensemble dedicated to discovering the positive power of this great beast and what it means in regard to optimistic possibilities of our future. Watch us glow!

History of the project

In early 2017, as part of its mandate to restore species and ecological processes in national parks, Parks Canada began a plains bison reintroduction to Banff National Park. Iinisikimm marks this occasion with an immersive, community engaged, puppet-lantern performance in the moving style of a medieval cycle play that will illuminate upon the rivers and forests of the Canadian Rockies.

The Plains bison (buffalo) is a uniquely important animal in the history, culture and ecology of North America. Bison were an important species along the Eastern Slope of the Rockies as far west as the continental divide until the late 1800s when they disappeared in the wild. Banff National Park was central to saving this iconic species from extinction in the late 1880 by convincing the Canadian government to buy the Pablo-Allard herd in Montana and protect the bison from being only kept in private ownership.

Thank you to Alberta Foundation for the Arts for this video profile of Inisikiim!


August 23 9:30 PM
Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity
(meet on the east side of the Eric Harvie Theatre)

FREE (registration required)

August 25 9:30 PM
YMCA Camp Riveredge

FREE (registration required)

A co-production of Czapno Theatre Ensemble and Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry.

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