2020 Winter Solstice Storytelling – Complete Audio (Solomon Ratt)

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Solstice Storytelling

Those of us who were able to get in to the Zoom room had a great time listening to Sol’s 2020 Solstice treat that include six of the escapades of Wisahkecahk. The full video is too large to post here, but we were able to extract the audio that some listeners may enjoy. I’ll be adding written texts to this post as I’m able. They won’t be a precise match for the audio, because live storytelling frees the storyteller to adapt to his audience and to the moment, but I can promise they’re a lot of fun to hear!

Sol’s storytelling style provides lots of support for students by alternating between Cree and English, and by having fun making up voices for characters and even using sound effects.

The audio file embedded here includes the entire storytelling session recorded via Zoom on 21 December 2020.

The session included five sacred stories. In the manner of traditional storytellers, Sol changes gears quickly from one story to the next. The stories told include the five listed below, where each title links to a separate blog post that includes text transcripts and translations, and (where they exist) multiple tellings.

  1. The Flood
  2. The Little Startlers
  3. Wisahkecahk and the Dancing Ducks (also known as the Shut-Eye Dance)
  4. Wisahkecahk Eats his own Scab, and
  5. Wisahkecahk and the Chickadee.

One Response

  1. I really enjoyed it and hope for more storytelling! Thanks for guiding us through Covid with laughter and teachings. Tînikî

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