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Bodyscape: Isolation, Health, and the Woman’s Voice

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they weren't touching the ground! It was then I finally really understood my

grandfather's name – Acoose, 'Man Standing Above Ground'” (Acoose 84). Running

becomes something sublime, allowing Janice to leave the ground, or this world and to

find a stronger sense of belonging with past generations. It also relieves some of her

own feelings of isolation by providing her with a stronger sense of how she is part of

her family’s history.

Such connection to and pride in one’s ancestors was part of a conscious effort of

the co-producers of Acoose to provide a means of relieving historical and personal

alienation faced by First Nations people, especially the youth, of Saskatchewan. The

play was a co-production between CBC Saskatchewan and KaTipAim Media

Productions Limited.72 Janice Acoose-Pelletier and Will Campbell appeared on CBC

Saskatchewan’s Ambience with host Lorie Regehr to discuss Acoose: Man Standing

Above Ground. 73 Acoose-Pelletier spoke of her frustration over the previous year’s

heritage celebrations and how she hoped to celebrate “Indian people who brought

significant attention to this country.” KaTipAim came into being, largely through

funding from the Department of Education. Will Campbell saw the company as an

opportunity for Native writers to start telling their own stories: “We're re-writing

Canada's history through film, through print, from the Indian and Métis point of view”

because “History will never be really given or written until the Indian and Métis people

come forth and fulfill their half of the public library, or the other half of Canadian

History” (Arts Week). Acoose-Pelletier also hoped to provide a more balanced history

class for her own children, so that her son would not have to “put his head down, as I

72 73

Ka Tip Aim - Cree for “those who own themselves”. On February 8, 1986.

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