“The power of performance is inspiring and joyful to me because it allows me to find the truth of my family's past, our Nations’ past and the earth beneath our feet.”
As an artist, I am inspired by the un-coverings of my DNA, of stories, language and culture passed on from family and communities that I feel a strong connection to. I believe that our history is shared and woven through us descendants. As keepers of our ancestors’ molecular experiences, I believe it to be vital that we, as Indigenous artists, seek to nurture and contribute our stories as a creative art form and cultural activism. I cannot decolonize my own ancestral journey until I know where it is that I, through my blood-footprint, have been. The power of performance is inspiring and joyful to me because it allows me to find the truth of my family's past, our Nations’ past and the earth beneath our feet. I believe that there is a hunger for Indigenous stories and feel that my journey as an actor and an artist, is to break down barriers and leave an audience with new insight and an unforgettable experience.
PJ Prudat is a Metis actor from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan living in Toronto.