Oral Traditions

Some protocol things to think about....


Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story

In First Peoples’ cultures, knowledge was traditionally kept in oral tradition. The oral tradition, still highly valued today, includes oral narratives (or stories) that are used to teach skills, transmit cultural values, convey news, record family and community histories, and explain the natural world. In addition to expressing spiritual and emotional truths (through symbol and metaphor), specific stories also provides a record of literal truths (regarding events and/or situations) as narratives were passed unchanged from generation to generation.
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power of story

First Nations Stories

☉ Stories can vary from the sacred to the historical.
☉ Some focus on social, political, and cultural ways.
☉ Some are entertaining, even humorous.
☉ Some tell of personal, family, community or an entire nation’s experiences.
☉ Some are “owned” by certain clans or families and can only be told by a member of that group.
☉ Others can be told by anyone who knows them and cares for them.
☉ Stories reflect the perceptions, relationships, beliefs and attitudes of a particular people.
"As BC educators begin to increasingly incorporate Aboriginal content into their classrooms and teaching practices, there have been many rightful discussions occurring around cultural appropriation and the improper integration of Indigenous stories and knowledge into classroom learning.
In this module we explore the importance of educators exercising careful consideration over the authenticity of the content being presented, as well as the proper process for obtaining that knowledge."
Do you need permssion to tell a story? Video by Bonnie Harvey Ktunaxa Story Teller (Click on the video button in this link to hear from Bonnie Harvey)
Raven Releasing the Sacred Fire
Suzanne Camp, retired and long time cultural support worker in SD#71 tells the story of the Raven Releasing the Sacred Fire. Jeannie MacDonald, Mark R. Isfled Indigenous Support Worker, gives an introduction of their school is connecting this story to their work with the Downie Wenjack Project. JoAnn Restoule, Ni'noxsola, an elder in residence, makes a connection to the strong tradition of oral storytelling in Indigenous culture and how we see the world and learn about life.  Can you make connections to your personal life, your community, your nation?

Phil Umpherville Cree Storytelling


Sky Tellers 

Explore the mysteries of our Universe with Sky Tellers! Ten Native American myths and legends investigate the reason for day and Night, why we have seasons, the origin of the stars and other wondrous phenomena of our night sky. Each narrative is accompanied by the story that scientists tell today.
Look for the Sky Teller storys and DVD at SD #71 LRC under Aborignal Astronomy.