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"Wicoun" is the third collaborative project involving Cornerstone Theater Company, playwright Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation), and Indigenous communities of this continent. This production, which began in 2019, follows the previous works "Urban Rez," which focused on Native people of the Los Angeles Basin, and "Native Nation," a collaboration with representatives from over 20 tribes in the Phoenix, Arizona area. "Wicoun" builds upon these earlier projects and explores the resilience, beauty, humor, and cultural identity of the Indigenous people of the Northern Plains.

In "Wicoun," the story revolves around Áya, a Lakota teenager, and their brother Kȟoškálaka, who find themselves occupied with caring for their siblings and cousins, dealing with roaming zombies, and striving to graduate high school. When Áya summons a traditional superhero in a courageous moment, the duo embarks on a journey across the lands of the Oceti Sakowin, seeking answers in ancient stories, within themselves, and within the Black Hills. The cast of "Wicoun" includes six community actors from D/N/Lakota tribes, two members of the Cornerstone ensemble, and numerous puppets. The production, performed in Lakota, Dakota, and English, has been designed in collaboration with Oceti Sakowin artists, including storyteller, scholar, and translator Jerome Kills Small, sound designer Talon Bazille Ducheneaux, designer Tosa Two Heart, and graffiti muralist Focus. Additionally, Cornerstone commissioned Lakota recording artist Tiana Spotted Thunder to create a song for the opening and closing of the show.

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