George R. Kennedy, (ABD), Oneida Nation, Turtle Clan, McGill University; Richard Wesley, Traditional Ecological Knowledge Keeper, Constance Lake Anishinaabe; Emilio Wawatie, Storyteller, Barrier Lake & Kitigan Zibi Algonquin-Anishnabe
This event is free
First Peoples Studies, SCPA, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
From L to R: Richard Wesley, Traditional Ecological Knowledge Keeper, Constance Lake Anishinaabe; Emilio Wawatie, Storyteller, Barrier Lake & Kitigan Zibi Algonquin-Anishnabe; George R. Kennedy, (ABD), Oneida Nation, Turtle Clan, McGill University
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.
See below for individual events in the series which includes more information about the storytellers and links to the Zoom meetings.
Financial support from the Faculty of Arts and Science.