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WiijiiNiijii Lodge* featuring Herbie Barnes and Tonto's Nephew


Herbie Barnes may best be known for his role of Joseph in the film Dance Me Outside and on the CBC series The Rez, but he has played many roles throughout his twenty year career, both on stage and on film.

On the stage, some of Herbie's best-known roles include Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, Norvel Morrisou in Copper Thunderbird, and as a Wikershame Brother in Sussical The Musical. He has directed large pieces like The Remember (MTYP) and Someday (Native Earth), and smaller shows like Tales Of An Urban Indian (Public Theatre NYC, Autry theatre LA) and Dinky (Native Earth).

While not known as a writer for stage, he is better known as a dramaturge working to develop great plays and emerging playwrights. Herbie's play Russell's World was the first unproduced play ever to be invited to the Magnetic North Festival. He has also written for television shows including Buffalo Tracks, and Tipi Tales – a show that also uses his performing talents as a puppeteer and voice talent. Herbie has also directed such films as Reprezenting in Fort Chip, and was a shadow director on The Rez.

As a teacher Herbie has spent time in inner city high schools, private schools, universities, and many theatre companies. His development of Dropping the Mask, a study of who the performer is before deciding who they will become, has been used in many treatment centers in North America for work with survivors of abuse.

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