Seal Spirit

'Seal Spirit’ follows Megan, a young Yu’pik girl, on her journey as a 'Water Protector' to the Alberta tar sands where she believes her Uncle contracted cancer. She encounters Cree water
protectors standing against a 15 ft long giant luminary poisonous 'Black Snake' puppet as it assumes  the form of an oil pipeline traveling toward her ancestral Pacific Ocean territory. The young woman gains a new sense of her First Nations identity and her ‘Seal’ water protector Spirit Guide as she adapts a traditional healing ceremony together with the help of a well meaning Duck to transform the Black Snake into the benevolent Seal .


A traditional Kwakwaka'wakw story of the origin of the echo. A young man named Wakas travels with his spirit helper the Frog on the back of a Raven to a big feast house. He befriends the Mouse Woman who helps him to discover the secret of all animals. Wakas promises the animals he will keep their secret and in return the animals give him an Echo mask, song and dance. George Taylor, the Lelala Dancers and the Hamumu Theatre Collective sing and dance the Echo transformation mask still today as tribal elder Joe Seaweed did in the 1950s.