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Indigenous storyteller shares about finding identity through storytelling – paNOW

by ahnationtalk on February 22, 202327 Views

Feb 22, 2023

As Aboriginal Storytelling Month continues, those who have taken part in events throughout the province are sharing why the month is important to them.

For Curtis Peeteetuce, honouring Aboriginal Storytelling is so much more than what the month offers. It’s about the custom of Indigenous Storytelling and its importance.

Peeteetuce teaches the Cree bilingual program at St. Mary High School. He became fascinated by contemporary storytelling after he heard the story about his surname.

“I found out that my last name comes from the French expression that means bear paws,” he said. “It’s not a Cree expression or Cree word. That tells me that at some point in history, somebody who couldn’t express bear paws in Cree was probably from a francophone background and used their worldview to spell bear paws as best they could.”

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