Ojibwe Mide Scroll Western Great Lakes, mid 19th century from The Schoyen Collection

The Eighth Fire Part 1: The Great Migration and Part 2: Bagosenim / Have Hope

The Eighth Fire pt 1: The Great Migration follows the Anishinaabek people on their 500 year migration from the eastern doorway to the shores of “Lake Superior” as part of a prophecy called the 7 Fires. Time collides as these ancestors simultaneously presence themselves to a group of land and water defenders in the future, who are struggling to find hope in a world that is burning. This funny, touching and somewhat meta offering is told in two parts by a chorus of archetypal storytellers, starting with the distant past, taking us full circle to the distant future in the second part, Bagosenim / Have Hope.

The Eighth Fire pt 2: Bagosinem / Have Hope picks up where part 1 left off. The Anishinaabek people are now in the Fifth fire, where they have encountered the ‘light-skinned race’ as prophesied and are struggling to deal with the impacts of colonialism. Meanwhile in the distant future, the land and water defenders are at the precipice of sovereignty and revolution.


Selected from commission pitches for Nightwood Theatre

Workshop and invited read supported by Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts, 2022

Developed at Banff Playwright’s Lab, Banff Centre for the Arts 2022

  • Dramaturgical support by Lindsay Lachance and Jill Carter

Week-long workshop, 2023

Public read, Nightwood's Groundswell Festival, October 3 2023

Funding Support: Ontario Arts Council, Nightwood donor Kate Amesbury, Canadian Council for the Arts

Yolanda Bonnell ©2023