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Aboriginal Storytelling Marked at GDI Library in Regina

Mar 8, 2016

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By Marilyn E. Belhumeur

As part of the annual Aboriginal Storytelling Month, the Gabriel Dumont Institute Library in Regina hosted storyteller/singer/songwriter Joseph Naytowhow on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Joseph is Plains/Woodland Cree from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan.

Speaking at times in Cree, and at times in English, Joseph captivated his listeners with a lively Wesakaychak story. He finished with a song that had many in the audience, which included a Grade 6 class from Ethel Milliken School, as well as Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) Regina students and faculty, singing along with him.

Students and staff enjoyed bannock, juice, and conversation with Joseph after the session.

In Prince Albert, Gabriel Dumont Institute Library partnered with the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples to host Norman Fleury and Leah Dorion on February 25, 2016 at Shananigans Coffee and Dessert Bar. The Aboriginal Storytelling event was attended by about 45 people from both our SUNTEP family and the general public, and was organized by Gabriel Dumont Institute Prince Albert Library Resource Facilitator Nicolle DeGagne, with the support of Liza Brown and Jed Huntley from the SUNTEP Culture Committee. Leah and Norman spoke to the audience about their work together, and Norman also spoke about his work to preserve the Michif language. Attendees also enjoyed the traditional Metis fiddle  ‘stylings’ of SUNTEP student Adam Daignault.


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