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Story Telling: A Métis Way of Visiting – GDI

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 202355 Views

Jan 30, 2023

Long before a bureaucrat suggested February become Storytelling Month annually, the Métis were telling stories. All cultures were oral cultures to begin with so everything was shared through stories. After written communication became an option, many peoples continued to share via what some call the “oral tradition,” a fancy term for sharing the use of our voices for the telling, and our ears and minds for the listening.

All cultures also experience seasonal changes and, in the lands where there is a stark difference between summer and winter, the weather dictates when and what we will be harvesting as well as the kinds of risk we may face as we do so. Canadian prairie dwellers knew the winters could be harsh, so a lot of effort went into food preparation and preservation, collecting wood to provide fuel for heat, and making sure our attire was suited to the climate changes. This was a labour-intensive work and our lives depended on it.

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