Indigenous Directory for Musical Storytelling

White Snake Projects is taking a major step in decolonizing opera and returning control of Indigenous stories to Indigenous people. We have received a Civic Practice grant from Opera America, opera’s national service organization, in order to establish the Indigenous Directory for Musical Storytelling, which will include musicians, performers, directors, designers, composers, writers and other creators. This Directory will serve as a reference for the performing arts industry in casting, hiring and commissioning Indigenous creators and artists. 


Indigenous music and stories have been long overlooked or exoticized in mainstream opera/music theater because of colonial domination. Twenty-first century Indigenous artists have expressed a need to tell contemporary stories about their people, stories that show them living, working, creating and thriving in society today; stories that are not based on myths corrupted or created by the colonial perspective.


White Snake Projects will also present a Community Performance Series featuring artists selected from the Directory and begin the development of new Indigenous opera using its resources. We hope that performing arts organizations will use this directory as a tool to disrupt existing narratives about Indigenous communities.  



Cerise Lim Jacobs, Opera Maker + Founder of White Snake Projects

Timothy Long (Muscogee, Thlopthlocco, Choctaw), Music Director of Opera, Eastman School of Music 

Mahtowin Munro (Lakota), Kisha James (Aquinnah Wampanoag), United American Indians of New England

Tian Hui Ng, Music Director, White Snake Projects

Sarah Rogers, Arts Administrator, White Snake Projects

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