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 on 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. Moose, from Jane-Finch plays the Orator for Wisdom.
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 Wisdom’s Orator. Moose carries a staff with a design that charts the lunar cycle and wears a head piece in the shape of the sun. His entire costume—comprised of white pants, a gold and black triangular patterned shirt, and headpiece—signify water, land, and sky respectively.