Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Josh Peltier

We were very sad to receive the news in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday 21 April that our friend Josh Peltier had passed away.

Josh Peltier. Credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
Josh was a member of Debajehmujig Storytellers, the group of First Nation Storytellers who travelled from Manitoulin Island, Canada to work with the Citizens Theatre and nearly 200 volunteer performers, musicians and singers to create On Common Ground, part of Festival 2014, part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

Credit Karen Gordon
Along with the rest of the Global Savages, Josh brought his love and enthusiasm for his culture and heritage of the Anishnaabe to Glasgow, and embraced Glaswegian life whole-heartedly.

Josh's blog post about arriving in Glasgow

Helping out at the bingo in the Gorbals

As well as performing in the show, Josh brought his talent as an artist to create lots of amazing artwork in our foyer, turning the Citizens Theatre into a little corner of Manitoulin Island.



Josh also brought his stories and fables focusing on nature   to On Common Ground, and shared these with visitors to Glasgow for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at the BBC at the Quay event

Storytelling at BBC at the Quay at the BBC's Pacific Quay Studios.

On Common Ground was led by our Learning team, and everyone at the Citizens Theatre was involved in bringing this ambitious project to life and welcoming Debajehmujig and all the volunteers, participants and audience members to the Gorbals. We are so grateful to Josh and all at Debajehmujig for their commitment and enthusiasm to helping achieve this goal.

Dawn Arrival of the Global Savages to Glasgow. Credit Tim Morozzo


Josh travelled to Scotland with his friends the Global Savages, who included his wife, Jessica Wilde-Peltier. Everyone at the Citizens Theatre sends love and good wishes to Jessica, Debajehmujig and all of Josh's friends and family.



Members of the Citizens Theatre will be gathering in the Gorbals Rose Garden where On Common Ground took place next Tuesday 28 April at 6pm. All are welcome to come and share their memories of Josh and On Common Ground 

3 comments:

Betty said...

So sad! I feel for Jess and all who knew him. He was a remarkable man who touched and changed so many lives. RIP Josh! Gutted that I can't be with you all in the Rose Garden but will be thinking of you.

Christine McN said...

So sad when we heard the news. RIP, Josh. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

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