The Mush Hole acknowledges the lives and spirits of Mohawk Institute residential school survivors. It is about their resilience and is based on testimonials, survivor writings and residential school documentation. The Indigenous-led production portrays the devastating intergenerational impacts on those who “served time” at the Mohawk Institute (Brantford, ON) a.k.a. The Mush Hole.
A haunting portrayal, weaves through memories of 2 generations of survivors, reliving traumas, school life, loss of culture, personal discovery, remembering and finding hope. Opening a small window into the atrocities inflicted on 1000’s of Indigenous children from Six Nations and Ontario and Quebec First Nations and it closes the door on perpetuating historical amnesia.
Santee is from the Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. She is a mother, a multi-disciplinary artist, an award-winning producer, and choreographer. She holds performance in a sacred space, as all life is sacred. Santee maintains an Onkwehon:we understanding of performance, the body and role of artist: music and dance are celebrations of life; the body is a vessel to house our spirit during our earth walk and the artist as a storyteller, transformer and medicine person. From this perspective, her work speaks about identity and humanity in relation to the creative universe.