Sacred Stories Heal, Part 1: Getting Ready for Storytelling Month, February 2021

Everyone who enjoyed Solomon Ratt’s Winter Solstice Storytelling is already looking forward to hearing more come February, which someone, somewhere, officially designated Indigenous Storytelling Month. This post provides event details, and an opportunity to review past storytelling.

Zoom Event Details – Mark your Calendar:

(Optional) Preparing to Listen:

Truthfully? No real preparation is needed. Sol’s habit of alternating between Cree and English as he goes along is a great help to those (like me) who are struggling learners.

Of course, the stories differ with each telling: that is part of the story teller’s art. But part of my personal delight in Sol’s storytelling comes from knowing the stories well enough (at least in English) that, even as I listen to the Cree, I can follow the story’s structure, listen for the words I know well, understand the meaning of the hand gestures and sound effects, and (most importantly) be ready to laugh along with the real Cree speakers at the inevitable punchlines.

To make it easier to prepare (for those who want to), I’ve pulled together links to some of the most familiar stories here, all from assorted past Cree Literacy posts.

2016 Storytelling Videos

The Rolling Head

Wisahkecahk goes South

Wisahkecahk  and the Dancing Ducks

Wisahkecahk Seeks a Bride (Billy Joe Laboucan)

Wisahkecahk and the Little Startlers

Wisahkecahk and the Wihtikow

Wisahkecahk and the Chickadee

Wisahkecahk and the Moose

What do our stories tell us? (An overview of the significance of storytelling in Cree culture and education)

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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