February 14, 2020

Celebrate Indigenous Storytelling Month At The RSM

At the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) and across the province, it is Indigenous Storytelling Month – a wonderful time to step out of the cold and immerse yourself in magical storytelling and other fun and engaging activities.

“The Royal Saskatchewan Museum excels in programming around significant themes in Indigenous culture,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “February is storytelling month and is an excellent opportunity for people in Saskatchewan to learn about and enjoy Indigenous culture through oral history and imaginative stories.”

Traditionally, storytelling was important during the long nights of the winter months.  It was both a form of entertainment and among the important ways Elders passed along teachings to the young.  In southern Saskatchewan, the month of February in Cree is mikisiwipîsim for the Eagle Moon and for Cree speakers in the north it is the Great Moon or kisîpîsim.

To celebrate this month, the RSM is hosting a variety of programming and events.

Indigenous Storytelling – Monday, February 17, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Special Family Day activities begin with storytelling in the auditorium led by Elder Hazel Dixon.  Each session will be approximately 30-40 minutes long.  Elder Dixon has spent the first half of the month speaking with hundreds of students through the RSM’s school programming.  Indigenous Storytelling is made possible through the Traditional Knowledge Keepers Program sponsored by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation through a gift to the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

Indoor Ice Fishing – Tuesday, February 18 to Sunday, February 23, daily from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Drop in each afternoon from February 18 to 23 and try your luck in our Family Week Fishing Hole.  Take a series of challenges to identify your fish and don’t forget to take a photo with your “catch”.

Did you know the largest Lake Trout in the world came from Saskatchewan waters?  Come see our model of the 46.27 kilos (102 lbs.) record holder.  The biggest one that didn’t get away!

School Break Week – Starting on Sunday, February 16, the RSM will welcome children and families during school break week, with popular attractions such as the Paleo-Pit, a scavenger hunt and the amazing CN T.rex Gallery, home to Scotty, the largest T. rex ever discovered!  Who could, by the way, swallow the largest Lake Trout in one big gulp!

For more information about the RSM, programming, or to learn how you can support the RSM’s world class research and programming, visit https://royalsaskmuseum.ca/, Facebook (@Royal.Saskatchewan.Museum), Twitter (@royalsaskmuseum) or Instagram (@RoyalSaskMuseum).

The RSM, located at 2445 Albert Street, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Visit. Donate. Discover.