Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish

Suitable for all ages
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.

Public Performances 

Th'owxiya will animate the Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre (directly across from the St. John's Hospice) which is part of the UBC Botanical Gardens, 6398 Stadium Rd. Vancouver.

June 24 – 25 and July 1 – 2 at 11AM and 1PM. Attendance is FREE, but registration is required through Eventbrite. Bring a hat, sunblock and water! 

School Performances

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.

Merewyn Comeau - Photo by Jayda Paige Novak

Merewyn Comeau - Photo by Jayda Paige Novak

Study Guide

The study guide will help prepare your students for the live theatre performance and use the performance to enhance your arts curriculum in the classroom. DOWNLOAD [PDF]

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Photos by Jayda Paige Novak. Shown in order: Merewyn Comeau, Taran Kootenhayoo, Mitchell Saddleback, Tai Amy Grauman and Chelsea Rose Tucker

“…that song was beautiful!!” 

“I…I think…I am just wondering…I think…I just want to say that…I just…that song was beautiful!!”

–  Audience Member (UBC Botanical Gardens, 2017)

"Wonderfully exciting"

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

— Taran Kootenhayoo

"A simple voice"

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

— Steven Buechler

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.