Dabaadendiziwin (Humility) Orator
The Orator is one of the main characters in the procession and the only player who speaks to the people, like a messenger. Each Orator speaks on behalf of one of the Seven Grandfather teachings through a commissioned spoken word poem inspired by it. These poems are delivered by megaphone at key moments during the procession as it flows down University Avenue. Each “word warrior” is paired with Deaf/HOH youth who sign each of the poems in ASL. The Orator’s costume is uniquely designed for the individual who plays each role and encapsulates both the spirit of the teaching but also the personality of the poet. Nadia Adow, from Regent Park plays the Orator for Humility.
Here are a selection of Marlon Griffith’s initial sketches, artistic renderings, technical drawings, and images of the design process and creation of the costume for Respect’s Orator. Nadia wears white pants, a black top and an elaborate head cover made of gilded plastic. This large, ornate, head cover is comprised of Islamic script that spells out humility and love and protects her smarts and soul like armor.