A highway road sign reading "Alberta 509 South" against a sunset sky


Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society

Relaxed performance.

509 is a powerful story that weaves the personal experiences of MT7 Artistic Director Justin Many Fingers with a Blackfoot story told to him as a child. The Blackfoot believe that after death, our spirits go to the sacred hills where the living and spirit world meet. There, Napi (the Blackfoot trickster), guides you to the other side, accompanied by the spirit of the buffalo herd.

“509 looks at my Blackfoot First Nations upbringing as a child of our stories, singing, and dance,” said Justin Many Fingers. “Through the characters of Napi (Blackfoot Trickster) and Garret, 509 explores what I call the middle place, the unknown of the spirit world – life or death, real and not real – and hope for what is.”

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