Shooting Columbus is an immersive interactive theater and performance installation that asks: “If Indigenous scientists built a time machine and went back to 1492 to assissinate Columbus, how would life be different?”
The work is created by The Fifth World Collective: Adam Cooper-Terán (Yaqui, Chicano), Ryan Pinto (Hopi, Diné, Northern Ute), T Loving (Black, Cherokee), Denise Uyehara (Okinawan and Japanese American) and Rachel Bowditch (European American). The Collective also begins a series of conversations with local tribal community members and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, with earliy collaboration by Klee Benally.
The project focuses directly on issues affecting local Arizona-based Indigenous tribes, including the ongoing forced relocation of thousands of Diné/Navajo to ensure coal and uranium mining, the U.S.-Mexico Border complicating the Tohono O’odham and Yaqui from traveling for ceremony.
The work will have a rolling premiere in the Spring 2017 at La Pilita Cultural Center, produced by Borderlands Theater in Tucson.