Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish

Suitable for ages 5–12 & family audiences
By Joseph A. Dandurand

"When you take something from the earth, you must give something back."

Six Storytellers from the Kwantlen First Nations Village of Squa’lets, spin the tale of Th’owxiya: the Hungry Feast Dish. The mouth of Th'owxiya holds the most wonderful foods from around the world. But if you steal from her, you will pay a terrible price, for Th’owxiya eats children! When a brave young mouse takes a piece of cheese from Th'owxiya, he is caught. To appease the goddess, he must find two young spirits to sacrifice to her before the moon rises or she will eat his whole family! With the help of two young bears, a raven and a sasquatch, the young mouse sets forth on a journey for knowledge and forgiveness. Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish has shades of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale and the First Nations story The Wild Woman of the Woods, told through mask and music. 

Th'owxiya will animate the Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre with public performances at UBC Botanical Gardens, 6804 SW Marine Dr Vancouver, June 24 – 25 and July 1 – 2 at 11AM and 1PM. Attendance is FREE, but registration is required through Eventbrite.

School matinees will be held June 20 – 23 (Deposit is required).  Please contact the Tour Coordinator by email at or call 604 669 0631 for more information.

Video provided by Aboriginal Tourism BC


"A simple voice"

"Joseph A. Dandurand opens his soul to give a simple voice to complex thoughts and emotions."

— Steven Buechler

"Wonderfully exciting"

"An unapologetically magical story. Frightening, mysterious, and wonderfully exciting."

— Taran Kootenhayoo


Performances June and July 2017

Please contact the Tour coordinator by email for school matinees at or call 604 669 0631 for more information. Register for public performances through Eventbrite.