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Write Life Zooms: Indigenous Storytelling – Session Two of Four: Writing for Inclusion and Diversity
April 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm MST
:Storytellers Louise (Ts’e Duna) and Anne will share some of the aspects and significance of indigenous storytelling and will each tell a story, after which participants will individually write down their understanding of its meaning and then share their responses with the group. Their collaboration brings professional experience to the exploration of the commonalities and differences of personal narrative in creatively applied literacy (written storytelling) and creatively applied orality (traditional spoken word storytelling).
Participants will be inspired to learn to value and tell our own stories.
Saturday, April 17:
1–3 pm Pacific; 2–4 Mountain; 3–5 pm Central; 4–6 pm Eastern
Presenters: Louise Profeit-LeBlanc & Anne Jennison
Louise Profit-LeBlanc (Ts’e Duna)is a traditional storyteller/keeper, textile artist, poet and mentor from the Nacho Nyak Dan First Nation. Originally from Yukon in norther Canada, she moved to Quebec in 2002 to work as the Indigenous Arts Administrator for the CanadaCouncil for the Arts and has travelled extensively sharing stories at festivals, universities, and internationalvenues. Now retired, she pursues her own artistic endeavors and welcomes discovering of crossovers between oral and literary traditions. She demonstrates how the power of art and story can heal, educate, and provide others the opportunity to express their culture and strengths through the arts.
Anne Jennison (Abenaki) is a traditional storyteller with European and Abenaki heritage. Anne holds Masters’ degrees in both History and Storytelling. She is listed on the New Hampshire State Council on the Art’s Traditional Artists Roster as an Indigenous storyteller and traditional Abenaki craftsperson. Anne believes her w
orldview and her “voice” as a storyteller have been shaped by the content of the traditional lesson stories that she has internalized through the telling of them over decades, as well as by her experiences as a Baha’i, a world traveler, as a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. Additionally, Anne is an affiliate faculty member for the University of New Hampshire’s Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Minor and is also currently serving on the NH Commission on Native American Affairs.