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Nanabush, The Great Lakes Indian Hero
Composer Karen VanderKloot DiChiera
Librettist William Kirk
Lyricist

Synopsis
Nanabush narrates four stories: 1) Don’t Lie, 2) How We Got The Seasons, 3) Why Warmth is Better Than Force and how 4) Nanabush saves his people from hunger by learning to defeat fear and to grow corn. The performers play several different characters from the stories about the Indian spirit Nanabush. We learn how a rabbit gets his long ears, and how cooperation between winter and summer creates the benefit of the changing seasons. We see how a feud between the sun and wind teaches the lesson that warmth is stronger than force, and we see how Nanabush’s victory over fear and hardship rewards his people with the benefit of corn.
Synopsis Compiled By Karen VanderKloot DiChiera Director of Community Programs

Subject Nanabush’s victory over fear and hardship rewards his people
Musical Style Contemporary
Running Time 45 min.
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6th - 8th Grade
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Vocal Requirements Available
Adults Children
Soprano 1  4-10  
Alto    
Mezzo 1   
Tenor 1    
Baritone 1   
Bass 1 (actor who sings any voice category)   
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Chorus adults & children in audience participate in singing & sounds    
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Instrumentation Orff xylophones, metalaphone, hand drums, other non-pitched percussion instruments - singer may accompany themselves  
Dancers dancers may be included  
Costumes Basic native American Indian costumes with extra costume pieces and head gear.  
Other Can use puppets or illustrated hand held symbols of season.  

Commissioned By Michigan Opera Theatre, Community Programs
Year Composed 1986
First Performed By Michigan Opera Theatre in residence 1987, Midland Center for the Performing Arts, Midland, MI
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Additional Groups Flint Institute of Music, Opera-Workshop

Publisher Michigan Opera Theater
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