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Got to https://vimeo.com/169911658 to see Sliver of a Full Moon performed at Sault Kewadin Casinos DreamMaker's Lounge on May 16.

Sliver of a Moon WebWritten by Native Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle and directed by U-M Professor of Theatre and Drama Anita Gonzalez, Sliver of a Full Moon is a staged reading discussing the struggle to gain tribal jurisdiction during the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and its importance in the fight against domestic violence. It recounts real stories—hardships and triumphs—of Native men and women.

Cast members were Cecil Pavlat and Jackie Minton, Lori Jump, Colleen Medicine, Joe Medicine, Rebecca Parish, Sonja Killips, Jocelyn Aptowitz, Zach Kolo, Liam Loomer, Erin Croom, Mia Massimino, Caleb Foote, Paula Modafferi, Chloe Gonzales, U-M Associate Director of the State Outreach Office Dana Sitzler, U-M Associate Professor of Dance Robin Wilson.

"Special thanks to all the men and women who performed and the musicians, Mike Pilcher (drummer), Josh Homminga (drummer) and Amber Belonga (singer). And, thank you to Cecil Pavalt and Jackie Minton for welcoming us into your community and teaching us so much."—Anita Gonzales

As part of the Chippewa Storytelling Incubator project, University of Michigan students and faculty worked with the Sault Tribe's Culture Department and Advocacy Resource Center, the Diane Peppler Center and Uniting Three Fires against Violence to produce the play.

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