A Cahuilla play by 16 year old Isabella Madrigal on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Dorothy Ramon Learning Center
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Menil and Her Heart. A local Cahuilla Play incorporating traditional Cahuilla stories woven into the contemporary issue of missing and murdered indigenous women written by 16 year old Isabella Madrigal, a Cahuilla teenager form a local tribe in Riverside County (Cahuilla Band of Indians).
Isabella Madrigal is a 16 year-old member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians in Riverside County. She is currently a junior at the Orange County School of the Arts, enrolled in the Acting Conservatory.
In order to earn her Girl Scout gold award, Isabella Madrigal is completing a community service project focused on Native representation in the arts, or rather the lack thereof. This lack of representation goes beyond not seeing Native faces in the media, though, because our defining stories are also missing.
The Native narrative is one that has long been pushed to the side and purposefully eroded in an attempt to erase our stories from history. Throughout this nation’s history, attempts have been made to strip away our ancestral stories, traditions, and languages.
Madrigal's play is a healing story focused on weaving traditional Cahuilla stories into the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. She presented this issue at the Native Voices Poetry Festival earlier this month and has done a series of workshops in the community about this issue.
Her play, Menil and Her Heart, is being performed this Sunday, February 24th, at the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 127 North San Gorgonio, Banning, California.
Admission is free.
For more information please visit: www.dorothyramon.blogspot.com