February 02, 2021

Royal Saskatchewan Museum to Celebrate Indigenous Storytelling Month With New Video Series

Beginning February 2, 2021, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is proud to launch a new video series that celebrates Indigenous Storytelling Month.  To celebrate this month Elder Hazel Dixon and Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway have recorded 14 Indigenous stories to share with the people of Saskatchewan.  These stories will be presented through the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s social media and YouTube channels.

Traditionally, storytelling was an important source of entertainment and education during the long nights of the winter months.  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.

“This video series provides a meaningful way for Elders and storytellers to share their culture and teachings with a larger audience,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said.  “The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is the perfect medium that will allow all people of Saskatchewan to learn about Indigenous culture through oral history and imaginative stories.”

This video series runs every other day for the month of February and was developed by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in partnership with Graffiti TV, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
How the Turtle Got Its Shell

Thursday, February 4, 2021
How the Months Came to Be

Saturday, February 6, 2021
How the Dreamcatcher Came to Be

Monday, February 8, 2021
How Porcupine Got Its Quills

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
How the Tipi Got Its Shape

Friday, February 12, 2021
I’m a Snake. What Did You Expect?

Sunday, February 14, 2021
The Moose’s Loose Coat

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
People of the Buffalo Nation

Thursday, February 18, 2021
The Turtle and the Ground Squirrel

Saturday, February 20, 2021
The Seven Sisters and the Bear

Monday, February 22, 2021
The Beaver’s Tail

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Turtle Goes South

Friday, February 26, 2021
Why the Owl Looks the Way It Does

Sunday, February 28, 2021
Bonus Story

For more information on the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, programming, or to learn more about Indigenous Storytelling Month, please visit https://royalsaskmuseum.ca/, Facebook (@Royal.Saskatchewan.Museum), Twitter (@royalsaskmuseum), Instagram (@RoyalSaskMuseum) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/royalsaskmuseum).  Visit. Donate. Discover.