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A still from "Changer: A Hand Telling." (Courtesy of Sound Theatre Company)

Sound Theatre Company’s film ‘Changer: A Hand Telling’ recounts beloved tale

Stunning visuals, sign language used to present Coast Salish story.

A film of a beloved Coast Salish story, “Changer: A Hand Telling,” was just released on Nov. 22.

The hourlong film, available streaming on demand on a donation basis, tells the tale of “Changer,” this time in Native Sign Language with closed captioning.

From “Changer: A Hand Telling.” (Courtesy of Sound Theatre Company)

Last year, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Sound Theatre Company production of the origin story “Changer,” a story told through the generations, was released as a radio play, “Changer: The Radio Play.”

<< Read about the 2020 radio play production (and an interview with one of its young actors) here >>

It’s a signed film featuring two deaf Native storytellers and uses the radio play’s audio, along with beautiful footage of Lower Elwha S’Klallam landscapes to tell the story visually. 

The movie, the product of a collaboration between renowned deaf storyteller Howie Seago and original adapters Fern Naomi Renville and Roger Fernandes, was filmed on Lower Elwha S’Klallam Tribe land. 

To see the film, go to the Sound Theatre Company website.

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Jillian O'Connor

Jillian O’Connor is managing editor of the Seattle's Child print magazine. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two sons and a dog named after the Loch Ness Monster.