The Winter Storytelling Series features Indigenous Storytellers sharing knowledge foundational to understanding our roles and responsibilities as Human Beings.
Historically, winter was the season when certain stories could be told. Basil Johnson described the Manitous“as realities [from] other than the physical ones… to the unseen realities… that are beyond human understanding but are still clearly real” (2001, xxi-xxii).
These powerful and unseen Beings care for the planet and inform all Human Beings about our responsibilities to the physical and unseen world. It is because the earth sleeps under a blanket of protective snow that we can tell these stories about the natural world. Storytellers seek to offer an opportunity for people to connect with a First Peoples’ perspective of the world by listening to their winter stories to reconstitute balance and harmony in these uncertain times.
This is a safe space to experience the power of the Indigenous Oral Tradition under the authority of these Indigenous Storytellers. All are welcome.
George R. Kennedy is from Oneida nation Turtle Clan family. His academic background includes a BA in History from University of Waterloo; MA in history from Wilfrid Laurier University, and he is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Western Ontario. His primary research interest is Haudenosaunee diplomacy from ancient times up the Great Peace of Montreal. He developed a holistic methodology based on the mind, body, and spirit to examine history. This is a well-balanced, culturally-based approach, which acknowledges ethical issues when utilizing Indigenous knowledge.