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Debajehmujig Storytellers engage with The Global Savages 

This look at 18,000 years of history needs a fire permit.

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Shahin Sayadi has just secured a very important item for this year's Prismatic Arts Festival. "We needed a fire permit," he says, as if such requests are everyday occurrences for artistic producers.

This fire is a very important element in one of Prismatic's most unique offerings: The Global Savages. Manitoulin Island's Debajehmujig Storytellers will gather the audience around it, rain or shine, to recount the 18,000-year history of the indigenous people of North America.

The show actually begins hours before the performance when the group, in costume and character, hits the streets to interact with people in the community. "This is theatre that engages on a very deep level," says Sayadi. "There is a lot of give and take between the audience and the performers." —Kate Watson

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