An arts project bringing together indigenous traditions from Australia and the U.S. finds common ground in dealing with trauma, writes Tim Lloyd.
[Playwright Kevin Kling] has written a tale about a guy who has a motorbike accident and becomes a "heyoke". The definition of heyoke is written on the wall of the rehearsal room: "Heyoke: contrary, wrong, trickiest of spirits, who does everything backwards." The heyoke is a character out of North American Indian traditions. "They are considered healers, and oftentimes they will be someone with a disability or someone who reflects society in a shocking or hilarious way," Kling says.