Daniel was a celebrated poet, playwright, dramaturge, editor, essayist, teacher and artist of the highest calibre. But he was so much more than that. He was one of the kindest people you could ever meet; generous, always approachable, and a quiet quick wit. He had this delightful laugh that would light up his face and make his shoulders bounce up and down. Daniel showed up to every Native Earth event. Even as his health declined, he would make the long trek in from Kingston to support the work of young Indigenous artists. He had an insatiable love for the theatre. He was never precious about his work and loved being in the rehearsal hall. He would diligently take notes for later, often preferring to be a silent observer. When asked for his opinion, he would give it honestly and with the grace he was so well known for.
It is difficult to comprehend that when theatres open again Daniel will not be joining us. We take solace in knowing that his spirit will be with us, as he always was, to hear the new stories that need to be told.
Native Earth owes Daniel a great debt for his contributions to the company, as AD, playwright and ardent supporter. He leaves an indelible mark on those who knew him, and a great path for those who will come after. Tobacco down and prayers up for the journey home to the ancestors.
All our relations.
PAST PRODUCTIONS WITH NATIVE EARTH