Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents


January 23 - 26, 2020

Acclaimed storyteller Dovie Thomason shares her Native culture with elegance, sly wit, and passion

Hosted by Kevin Kling


Storyteller and activist Dovie Thomason uses her indigenous ancestry to weave an epic story that deconstructs the phenomenon of Buffalo Bill Cody’s 1880s “Wild West” spectacle, which depicted Indians, buffalo, and horses, pursued by cowboys, cavalry and publicists seeking a “New World to conquer.” Over a century later, Thomason upgrades Cody’s so-called "history lesson" in her insightful, wise and unsparing performance, reframing this narrative through Native experience.


$22 — General Admission
$15 — Students

A limited number of $10 Economic Accessibility tickets are available online for all performances. If not sold out, a limited number of pay as able tickets will be available at the door. View our ticketing policy

Performance Schedule

Thursday, January 23, 7:30pm
Friday, January 24, 7:30pm
Saturday, January 25, 7:30pm
Sunday, January 26, 4pm

Run Time

2 hours with an intermission.


Ages 12 and up.


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Dovie Thomason 

Thomason, of Lakota, Plains Apache, and Scottish Traveller descent draws on her mixed background in her work. Her storytelling has been featured at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution/NMAI, London’s Barbican, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and festivals from Tennessee to Estonia. She has done narrations for the BBC, NPR, PBS, Ireland’s public broadcaster RTE, and the National Park Service, including the Emmy-winning documentary “Mystic Voices: The Story of the Pequot War.”

A former teacher, Thomason is an NEA and Arts International recipient, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers’ Traditional Storyteller of the Year, and was honored with the National Storytelling Network’s 2007 Circle of Excellence Award.

"For nearly four decades, my work has been the preservation and continuation of Native cultural arts, utilizing the art form of traditional storytelling. In the past ten years, I have been braiding original stories made up of our traditional teachings, unspoken stories and erased histories, in hopes of using storytelling as it’s always been used—to show us ways of being and being together in good relations."