Since 2004, Wapiti Regional Library has been proud to take part in Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month, a celebration of Indigenous storytelling, history, and culture held annually in February across the province.
This year 13 Storytelling events were held in libraries, and in partnership with local schools, in Tisdale, Nipawin, Humboldt, Marcelin, Christopher Lake, Paddockwood, Spiritwood, Debden, Leask, Kinistino, Choiceland, Duck Lake, and Blaine Lake.
Events included traditional Cree stories and songs by acclaimed Plains/Woodland Cree storyteller, actor, and singer/songwriter Joseph Naytowhow, traditional stories shared through puppetry by Chad Solomon of Rabbit and Bear Paws, and performances of award-winning actor Curtis Peeteetuce’s play, Immemorial. In addition, Randy Morin shared traditional Cree Storytelling with students, and Gloria Greyeyes shared stories preserved by her mother, the late Freda Ahenakew.
Over 900 members of the public attended Wapiti’s SAS Month events, making 2020 one of the best attended SAS Months held by the region. These events are made possible by the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal People’s committee, and grant funding from generous sponsors: Community Initiatives Fund, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sask Culture, Access Copyright Foundation, SaskTel, Government of Saskatchewan, SIGA, and SaskPower.