Aboriginal Storytelling Month

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Circles Close by Leah Dorion

Aboriginal Storytelling Month with Wheatland

Every February, Saskatchewan celebrates Aboriginal Storytelling Month, showcasing the breadth and depth of the Aboriginal tradition of storytelling. 

For Aboriginal people, storytelling is both a gift, and a very old custom, sanctioned by the people to teach, entertain, and remember.

Throughout February First Nations & Métis storytelling events are held in schools, libraries, and community organizations throughout Saskatchewan. The winter timing for Aboriginal Storytelling Month observes the First Nations traditional time for storytelling. The intent is to increase province-wide cultural activity levels of Aboriginal peoples; have Elders and Aboriginal storytellers demonstrate the cultural and historical value of storytelling; and foster storytelling partnerships through joint planning with outside agencies and resources. The project involves schools, libraries, local agencies, universities, colleges and Aboriginal based organizations.

This event is led by Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples Inc. and supported by a variety of Sponsors and Funders every year. This year's Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month sponsors and funders are: 

Wheatland's 2018 Storyteller

We are happy to announce that Wheatland will be hosting a tour of Chad Solomon's Rabbit and Bear Paws!  Click here to visit his website. 

He will be presenting his comical, educational, and highly interactive puppet presentations at six locations around the Wheatland region from February 7 - February 9.

"Rabbit and Bear Paws are heroes that we created to share humorous adventures based on Traditional Teachings. This allows us to carry on the teachings to the youth who wish to explore their roots, while helping to share the wisdom of the Aboriginal community with the universal audience (non-aboriginal)." - rabbitandbearpaws.com

Click here to check out the Rabbit and Bear Paws graphic novels. 

February 7, 2018

Dinsmore Composite School (hosted by Dinsmore Library) - 200 3rd Ave W, Dinsmore SK
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Kyle Composite School (hosted by Kyle Library) - 217 Centre St, Kyle SK
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm 

February 8, 2018

Warman Community Middle School (hosted by Warman Library) - 700 Gowan Rd, Warman SK
9:15 am - 10:00 am

St. Peter's School (hosted by Unity Library) - 211 5th Ave, Unity SK                                                                   
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm 
The family, left to right. Clover Blossom, Bear Paws, Grey Stone, Rabbit and Strawberry.

February 9, 2018 

Hanley Composite School (hosted by Hanley Library) - 316 Bodeman Ave, Hanley SK
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Viscount Central School (hosted by Viscount Library) - 202 Bagot St, Viscount SK
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm 

About Chad Solomon

Chad Solomon is a member of the Henvey Inlet First Nation. As a child, he and his family would visit with his late grandparents in the French River Ontario area. His grandfather Art Solomon, a traditional healer and justice activist, would spend his time building wooden toys and playing with Chad and his siblings. Even in winter, Art would go tobogganing with them. Learning from his grandfather that no matter how old you become, you should always be young-at-heart and that laughter is the greatest medicine, this is the spirit behind the comical Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws series.