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Cajune relays her ‘Belief’ in Spain

By Lailani Upham

Julie Cajune fields questions after her performance of “Belief” at the Wild10 Wilderness Conference in Salamanca, Spain, October 8, 2013. Over 5,500 views on live stream were reported during the performance, and a live audience of 350. (Courtesy photo) Julie Cajune fields questions after her performance of “Belief” at the Wild10 Wilderness Conference in Salamanca, Spain, October 8, 2013. Over 5,500 views on live stream were reported during the performance, and a live audience of 350. (Courtesy photo)

MISSOULA — “Belief” a play that weaves stories and songs into a journey of discovery between past and present that star Salish performers, Julie Cajune and Jennifer Finley, is coming to Missoula.

“Belief” is set for Saturday, January 11 at 7 p.m. at the George and Jane Dennison Theatre on the University of Montana campus.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The performance is thought provoking with a unique mix of Salish women’s stories, poetry and music.

According to Zan Agzigian, KwKwusm Theater Project Public Relations, “the stories invite the audience to believe in one’s true self, to believe in magic and to believe in love – the core of all humanity,” she says.

Npustin and the KwKwusm Theater Project and the Heartlines Project of the Center present the play for American Policy and Applied Research at Salish Kootenai College.

“Julie and Jennifer developed their stories and adapted them for stage in collaboration with Linda Grinde, director of the performance,” stated Agzigian.

She adds that Belief’s original score was composed by world flutist Gary Stroutsos; Grammy-nominated pianist David Lanz; violinist Swil Kanim and percussionist David Revelli.

Agzigian says the hope of the Project is to get a tribal perspective in the content. In October, Cajune’s play was performed live at the 10th World Wilderness Congress in Spain where the response sent the international audience to tears.

“This is such a moving play. In Spain, people were crying,” Agzigian said. She added that many were non-English speaking, however many were bilingual. “The interesting thing about that is proof that the work and message are universal.”

“The international delegates from 65 nations were emotionally touched by Julie’s masterful storytelling and her dramatic art. The stories were poignant and memorable…the performance, enthralling. It was an evening of great enjoyment and relevance to many people, nationalities, and cultures,” stated Vance Martin, President and Co-Chair of The WILD Foundation.

Npustin, is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by Cajune, offering educational opportunities to celebrate indigenous arts, history and culture. One of the goals is to bring artists to the Flathead Reservation to introduce arts to the community. Npustin translates to “bring what’s in the heart into the world.”

KwKwusm Theater Project, a program of Npustin, is an American Indian Theater project that began over ten years ago and has cultivated American Indian theater workshops and original staged readings on the Flathead Reservation. KwKwusm translates to “star.”

Tickets are available online at www.umt.edu.griztix. For more information contact Zan Agzigian at (509) 624-4502.

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