First Nations people have long passed on knowledge from generation to generation through oral traditions, including storytelling. Storytelling is a traditional method used to teach about cultural beliefs, values, customs, rituals, history, practices, relationships, and ways of life. First Nations storytelling is a foundation for holistic learning, relationship building, and experiential learning. Traditionally, it is during the winter months that First Nations storytelling occurs. Virtual storytelling sessions will be available on our website throughout the entire month of February.
2023 FEATURED STORYTELLERS:
Darwin Atcheynum is from Sweet Grass First Nation, and is self-employed as an artist. Much of Darwin’s art is inspired by stories and teachings from the past. Darwin believes in preserving his Cree heritage through his artwork and the way he lives his life, and continuously gives thanks to the Creator for the talents he has been given.
Lyndon Tootoosis has been a working artist for 28 years. As a child, Lyndon was taught traditional ways of making Cree ceremonial pipes and learned the teachings of his People. In 1993, he returned to high school, and during art class he was introduced to stone carving. Lyndon’s carvings combine the stories of his People with stone. What he shares he does with the permission from his Elders, following the proper protocol he has been taught.