We descend from an ancient, piercing storytelling legacy. From tribal elders, to spiritual scribes and prophets, to griots, novelists and thespians, there has never been a moment in history in which we have not transmitted powerful accounts of our past, our circumstances, our hopes and our wisdom.
My personal fondness for stories began as a toddler obsessed with the dusty smell of newspapers, the biting smell of ink and the flooding images of printed letters. Just the sight of words, drawings and photos excited me and moved my mother to teach how to read. By age four, I was reading the Bible from cover to cover and comprehending a good portion of it.
At nine years old, I began preserving my thoughts in a diary. I started illustrating, writing poetry, short fiction and stageplays. I was reading everything I could get my hands on; and by fifth grade, having been provoked by a would-be bully, I embraced a secret weapon - my way with words.
I am a writer intent on continuing my ancestral preoccupation with purveying the truth and shaping societies. Film-making is simply an amplification of my pen.
For centuries, we've been marginalized in the contemporary recounting and archiving of our stories. One-dimensional, and even false narratives, have been told, omitting our beauty, complexity, faith, innovation and power. We are indigenous communicators with prehistoric relationships with the arts - writing, illustrating, performing, heralding and debating - and you'll see that familiarity, proprietorship and first-nation audacity in Telharesha Company productions.
These verbal, visual and auditory tapestries were and are inevitable as the time would and has come for a demonstration what we know...and have always known.
Conserving the Peculiar Nativity,
Telhare'sha McAdoo, CEO