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Grandmother Sharon Day and her grandson Sir Curtis Kirby III honor loved ones who have passed on by doing a series of ofrendas celebrating the lives they lived.

Ofrendas have been a way Sharon has celebrated her loved ones for years. An ofrenda is an altar, most notably associated with The Day of the Dead, that consists of a set of items often associated with a person who has passed, such as photographs, personal items that belonged to them and food the person particularly enjoyed. After the pandemic, Sharon and her grandson found it even more important to communicate with their family, relatives and community.

This project was created in partnership with Pangea World Theater.

The Artists

Sharon Day - Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe leader, Indigenous activist and Executive Director of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force

Sir Curtis Kirby III - Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, artist and director of the Ikidowin Youth Theater Ensemble

Day of the Dead skull close up
Ofrenda artists Sir Curtis Kirby III and Sharon Day standing outside
Ofrenda table
Sir Curtis Kirby III
Sharon Day sitting and holding a dog on her lap
Ofrenda close-up of Virgin Mary
Ofrenda set up outside
Ofrenda interior

About the Organization

Pangea World Theater strives to build a just world by creating a multi-disciplinary theater that embodies decolonizing practices of solidarity, sustainability and equity. Since its inception in 1995, it has worked with artists to create new aesthetic realities for an increasingly diverse audience.

Every person represented here, whether they’re infants or elders… they were loved and they lived their lives to the fullest.

Sharon Day

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