Everyone and anyone who came to Boulder to connect with the land and to discover the “mecca” of the west should experience Kirsten WIlson’s Rocks Karma Arrows theater piece about the history of Boulder. The performance illuminates the character of Chief Niwot and the events of Sand Creek. This piece of theater also divulges the prevalence of Klu Klux Klan members in the founding of our city. And while performers are peeling away layers of misinformation to reveal deep and sometimes dark truths, the threads of karma and remembrance weave through the piece. Ms. Wilson also gives us the keys to reconciliation, the keys to healing the present with which to heal the past and head toward healing our future. It is an indelible history lesson.
Rocks Karma Arrows is about Boulder’s unique history and also a universal human dilemma. What to do with inconvenient facts, what to do with our remorse over a past we have no control over? The conflict between indigenous people and new development is an old one that continues throughout the world, not unique to Boulder. The moral
compass that loses true north, that gets compromised. What do we do?
do we deny? do we conquer? do we defend? do we remember? do we reconcile? do we aim our arrows high? do we heal? do we perpetuate?
Rocks Karma Arrows does something all good art should do, it illuminates, it resonates and it causes us to question our reflection, it calls on us to consider universal questions long after the lights go down and the actors go home. I especially encourage City Council members, BVSD teachers and our police officers to see it. We will all be better citizens for taking on the lessons and healing Rocks Karma Arrows presents to us.