Semahte Wahatte man To'ainkanna (Twelve)
The play Twelve, explaining the origin of the months and seasons, is based on a traditional Shoshone story as told by Norm Cavanaugh. The play was created and performed by SYLAP participants during the summer of 2014 at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Directed by Sloan Sampson. In this video, the play performance is enhanced with interviews about the story and the process of bringing it to life.
Cast of Play:
Norm Cavanaugh - Narrator
Christian Yesslith - Tokoa (Rattlesnake)
Rain Garrity - Teheyan (Deer)
Cora Burchett - Pia Kwi'naa (Eagle)
Trent Griffith - Itsappeh (Coyote)
Shakea Jim - Kinii (Hawk)
Augastina Fernandez - Tsippih (Squirrel)
Fawn Bear - Weta (Bear)
Mariah Gonzales - Pehyen (Duck)
Director: Sloan Sampson
In Western Shoshoni with English subtitles and commentary.
Video courtesy of the the University of Utah Shoshoni Language Project.