CUP offers ‘The Iroquois Creation Story'

CLARION Clarion University Minority Student Services will host "The Iroquois Creation Story" by Skywoman Iroquois Dance Theater at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in Gemmell's multi-purpose room at CUP. The event is free and open to the public.

"The Iroquois Creation Story" is a 40-minute, one-act theatrical production featuring traditional Seneca song, dance and regalia. It tells the Iroquois myth of creation as an interpretative theater piece, sharing the creation story in a contemporary manner.

Skywoman, who lives in Sky World, becomes pregnant and descends to Earth through the Tree of Life. She gives birth to a daughter, who grows up and gives life to twins. The daughter dies in childbirth and becomes the three sisters corn squash, and beans while the twins grow up to become the opposing forces of good and evil.

As one creates, the other destroys, and they get embroiled in conflict to which they find a resolution of balance. The twins return to the Sky World and leave instructions to the newly created humans on how to perform ceremonies to give thanks.