Occasions all through Saskatchewan for Indigenous Storytelling Month

Letitia Denham

All through the month of February, Indigenous tales will likely be advised in numerous kinds throughout the nation.

Occasions all through Saskatchewan for Indigenous Storytelling Month

The Library Companies for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples, Inc. (LSSAP) has been internet hosting Aboriginal Storytelling for occurring 20 years. The challenge goals to assist and promote First Nations, Métis and Inuit oral storytelling traditions in Saskatchewan and to rejoice the historical past, language and tradition.

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“For Indigenous folks, storytelling is each a present and a really outdated customized, sanctioned by the folks,” acknowledged Jessica Generoux, LSSAP SAS challenge co-ordinator.

“Storytelling is prime to the teachings, ceremonies, and lifestyle of Indigenous folks…. They’ve a wealthy connection to who we’re since they’re an essential part of Indigenous identification.”

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One in all many Indigenous storytellers that LSSAP will introduce all through the month is a person from the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, the place storytelling was prevalent in his dwelling rising up.

“We’re simply stepping right into a time the place persons are type of evolving into understanding us and being open to wanting to know,” mentioned Austin Ahenakew. “There’s loads of therapeutic that must be finished, that may be finished via the storytelling.”

Ahenakew, who calls himself “The Noble Savage” on stage, will likely be making a storyline poem on the subject of residential colleges. The poet hopes folks can take away the significance of Indigenous storytelling all through the month.

“The tales (are) what actually helped our folks get by within the outdated occasions,” mentioned Ahenakew. “So, it’s very nice to attract folks in collectively and it makes a really lovely method for folks to attach whereas doing it.”

Not solely is LSSAP internet hosting occasions throughout the province however college divisions and organizations just like the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) may also honour the sacredness of Indigenous storytelling.

Based on a launch, the RSM is launching a second video sequence that was developed in partnership with the Saskatchewan Trainer’s Federation and options elder Hazel Dixon.

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Dixon has recorded a number of new Indigenous tales to share with folks throughout the province via social media platforms.

“Again by well-liked demand, these tales by Elder Hazel Dixon present a singular perspective on the world round us by exploring {our relationships} with each other and the vegetation and animals that inhabit our planet,” Parks, Tradition and Sport Minister Laura Ross acknowledged in a launch.

“These movies assist the Museum to share Indigenous tradition via oral historical past and imaginative tales with a bigger viewers.”

To discover a listing of Indigenous storytelling occasions, take a look at the LSSAP and RSM web sites.

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