3 Crows Productions is a unique group of Indigenous educational storytellers dedicated to increasing awareness of culture, history and experience from an Indigenous perspective. Each member is dedicated to the purpose of educating the future generations of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth through presentations, oral storytelling, live theatre performances and short film productions.
Cyril is a member of the Katzie First Nation and an active presenter in school districts, mental health organizations, community healing groups and Corrections Canada. A descendant of well known Katzie speakers on history, culture, and language, Cyril is featured in "Our Story", a documentary about two residential school survivors who candidly share their experiences in Saint Mary's Indian Residential School (1955-1967). His work as an Elder and speaker has been featured on the CBC Evening News and published in "Amongst Gods Own", an in-depth book on survivors of the Indian residential school system. Cyril is a proud father and grandfather. He maintains a strong connection to his family and culture.
Joe is a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation and a member of the Uchucklesaht Tribal Council. As a former student of both the Christie and Saint Mary's Indian residential schools, Joe is actively part of many reconciliation projects today. His work as an Elder and speaker was featured on the CBC Evening News. In the documentary "Our Story", Joe speaks on camera about his residential school experience. As a speaker he openly shares relevant issues like the litigation process for survivors, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Common Experience Payment (CEP) and its challenges to reconcile. Joe is a father, grandfather, councillor, and active role model in this era of reconciliation.
Dallas is a member of the Siksika First Nation, who was born and raised on Sto:lo territory practising coastal cultures. After completing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology, he pursued both stand up comedy and music professionally. He recorded two rock/metal albums, toured Canada as a professional guitar player, and had his comedy featured on CBC radio. Dallas filmed, scored and produced "Our Story", a documentary showcasing two residential school survivors. He has written and performed "Qwalena: The Wild Woman Who Steals Children", a multimedia storytelling presentation exploring the intergenerational impact of residential schools on his family. Dallas blends his experience in stand up comedy, music, and film making to create engaging multimedia storytelling performances.
Alysha is a member of the Soowahlie First Nation and has recently completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a Biology Major and Visual Arts Minor. While at university, Alysha spent her time as an Indigenous Peer Mentor where she helped her peers with their culturally sensitive needs and provided academic support. During her university career she helped plan a Reconciliation Shakespeare Garden, the first of its kind, for the campus by providing Indigenous perspective and scientific knowledge. As an interdisciplinary artist, Alysha has narrowed her focus to painting, photography and film production. Her passion for art has translated to permanent art installations and pieces displayed in museums. Alysha fills multiple positions at 3 Crows Productions including wearing Qwalena's mask, tech support, promotion, bookings and film production.
Qwalena: The Mask
The red cedar mask of “Qwalena” was hand-carved by Xwalacktun of the Squamish Nation. The history of mask storytelling dates back thousands of years and has been an integral part of many First Nations cultures, especially amongst the peoples of the Northwest Coast. Use of a mask is an ancient method of storytelling and still has a great impact on audiences of all ages..Whether it is for storytelling, dancing or ceremony, there is customary protocol in the use or witnessing of a traditional mask. Qwalena, however, is not a traditional mask, but rather it is used for educational purposes outside of traditional settings. The purpose of this mask is to create awareness of First Nations cultures amongst a wider public audience. This mask is used to tell a story, a story that should not be hidden but shared and critically explored.