“What About Those Promises?” an original historical stageplay by the Lummi Nation, is back by popular demand this Sunday, in an encore performance at the Lummi Nation’s Silver Reef Casino. The play opened to a packed house at Bellingham High School June 1, with a sell-out performance to more than 800 people.
The play asks — and answers — tough questions about the meaning of the treaty of 1855, signed by the tribe with the U.S. government and the tribe’s relationship today with not only the feds, but the rest of us in America’s ongoing contact experience. Challenging, uplifting, the play features a native songs, dances and regalia and native players as well as powerful performances by nationally-eminent legal scholar Charles Wilkinsen, who explains the history as it unfolds.
Here’s a trailer offering a peek at some of the highlights of the performance coming Sunday.