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. Zeinab Aidid, from Regent Park plays the Orator for Truth.
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 Truth’s Orator. There is a futuristic sensibility to Zeinab’s costume: she wears a hoodie that frames a masked motorcycle visor. Inside the visor we can see a projection of an animated firewheel flower, like an eye with a vision for survival, and endurance.