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Wintering on the trapline in northern Saskatchewan when I was a child, my late mother would tell us stories as we were laying down to go to sleep. None of this romantic notion of sitting around a campfire listening to the community "storyteller" have I ever experienced. It would have to be a pretty big teepee- a multi-family condo-teepee perhaps-- to include all the people to come listen to the community "storyteller". It is true that in social gatherings like powwows the best storyteller of the community would be asked to tell stories and often did. Nevertheless, it was necessary for each person in the community to know the stories even if they were not "storytellers". It was necessary because telling stories was one of the key components of educating our young about the world and about our cultures- if the family members did not relate the stories to their children then many would grow up without an education for most of the year because tribal gatherings were rare and often held in summer months when traditional stories were not told.
The term "storyteller", as I use it here in quotation marks, is merely one of the many "invented traditions" that have run amok since we began the blindfold dance ages ago- it is dangerous to accept that such a notion ever existed.
I was shocked by a young mother this winter at storytelling session when she told me she didn't tell her children traditional stories or even read traditional stories to them because she was not a "storyteller". She had bought into this notion of "storyteller". Poor kids they are missing so much!