More than Feathers and Beads

A one woman show written and performed by Murielle Borst (Tarrant)

Available at:

New Book about Native American Theater:
Performing Worlds into Being: Native American Women's Theater.
Ed. Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Kelli Lyon Johnson, and William A. Wortman.
Oxford, Ohio: Miami University Press, 2009.
Includes illustrations and a DVD.

The book contains: --An edited version of Murielle Borst’s lively conference talk (or lecture) about Spiderwoman Theater’s legacy titled “Spiderwoman Theater’s Legacy” is included in Section II, “Honoring Spiderwoman Theater,” for the forthcoming book, Performing worlds into Being: Native American Women’s Theater (edited by Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Kelli Lyon Johnson, and William A. Wortman; published by Miami University Press, 2009). Ms. Borst emphasizes the importance of theatrical technique and describes the nature of Spiderwoman’s unique technique, and she discusses the influence of this technique on her own one-woman piece, “More than Feathers and Beads,” and on her fantasy fiction, from which she reads excerpts. Concluding her presentation, she and Monique Mojica performed a new five-minute work Murielle had just written, “A Valentine for My Grandmother.” -

More than Feather and Beads:


The Native American Women Playwrights Archive link is:  

For Spiderwoman specifically there are these sub-sites:

--Bibliography of plays and comment:

--Photos of our exhibit of some of the materials in the collection:

Staging Coyote’s Dream: An Anthology of First Nations Drama, Volume II. The editors are Monique Mojica and Ric Knowles.

  “ More Than Feathers and Beads”  
  Publisher : Playwrights Canada Press
  215 Spadina Ave., Suite 230
  Toronto, ON  M5T 2C7
  Phone: (416) 703-0013
  Fax: (416) 408-3402

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The Star Medicine

Praise for Murielle Borst Tarrant.

Murielle Borst Tarrant is a one woman earth cruise to the infinite and so is her work!  - Linda Hogan, Chickasaw Nation. Author of Mean Spirit, a winner of the Oklahoma Book Award, the Mountains and Plains Book Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


Muriel Borst Tarrent takes story-telling to another realm to explore what is possible in her new work, THE STAR MEDICINE. 

She gives to her reader knowledge of the importance of native mythology, not only with a taste of the past, but of the future.

She follows myth beyond the boundaries of what can and cannot be done.

Muriel is half-visionary, half-story-teller.  In her braided work, she goes to the stars to bring back their magic to the earth, then gives it back to the sky.  - Diane Glancy, Cherokee author of Pushing the Bear, and winner of the  American Book Award.


Murielle Borst Tarrant is a daring, creative performer, writer, director and now novelist! 

Watch her, as she carries forth the gifts that have come through.

- Joy Harjo, Mvskoke poet, musician, writer, performer and artist