Photo by: Penny Couchie

Serpent People

June 30, 2020 – July 7, 2020








Serpent People was shown from June 30 – July 7, 2020 and is no longer available for viewing. To learn more about Penny Couchie please visit her website or follow her on social media (links at top of page). Donations towards all artists presented through Citadel Online remain open and can be made via the links found at the bottom of this page. 

Grounded in historic Anishinaabe stories of the Black Sturgeon from Nipissing First Nation as told by one of Aanmitaagzi’s founding artists, Perry Mcleod-Shabogeesic, Serpent People gathers, reflects, and expresses stories and imaginings about the human condition. What are we consuming that gives us power? What are we consuming that is toxic? What has taken us away from ourselves and the essence of who we are? What would it take to transform us, and what transformations have we already undergone in our lives? Serpent People investigates these questions and explores our ability for self-reclamation and to transform for the positive.


Springing forth from the Nipissing Anishinaabe cultural mandate of a critical self, familial and nation reflection, Serpent People provides a platform to investigate what is on our hearts and minds as we prepare to continue forward. This three-year project provides an engaging, meaningful, and timely forum to investigate our past to chart our individual and collective way forward.


– Aanmitaagzi

Photos By: Penny Couchie, Liz Lott and Sid Bobb

Photos Of: Artists of Aanmitaagzi

Title: Serpent People

Year: Bright Nights 2016/17

Original Dates of Performance: June 15 – 17, 2017 

 Co-Artistic Director / Community Engaged Choreographer / Penny Couchie  

Performers / North Bay, Nipissing First Nation and Toronto artists / community and artists of Aanmitaagzi 

Community Engaged Designer / Megan Paulin 


This performance was a part of Aanmitaagzi’s multi-year community engaged project, Serpent People. Serpent People researched, developed and created art in and around historic Indigenous serpent stories and figures. Serpent People engaged the artists of Aanmitaagzi, the community/artists of Nipissing First Nation / North Bay and our related communities, both regionally, nationally and internationally.

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