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"Weaving Baskets of Knowledge" Conference 2019

SET 5 Saturday June 8th Sessions 90 minutes 11:00 am

SET 5 Saturday June 8th Sessions 90 minutes 11:00 am

5a. Exploring The Interior Landscape Of Stories: Grades 6 - 12
with Bob Barton

Saturday June 8th, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (English)

In this workshop we will listen to the storytellers inside the story and the stories they tell us. What are they saying? What do they mean? Which of their words are crucial?

Participants: all levels

About Bob Barton 
After a career in teaching (elementary generalist / secondary English / dramatic arts) and with the Ontario Ministry of Education, Bob pursued his interests in storytelling, drama and writing.

He has worked professionally in theatres, schools, parks, and on CBC radio. Since 1969 he has authored and co-authored over twenty-one books for children and teachers. 

Bob teaches Drama Arts, Additional Qualifications at the Ontario Institute For Studies In Education, University of Toronto

5b. Protocols of Telling Indigenous Stories 
With Imelda Perley and Ramona Nicholas
Saturday June 8th, 11:00 am to 12:30 am (English and Wolastoqey)

NOTE: This is a repeat of Imelda’s Friday 1 pm workshop Set One.

This session will offer insight into interpretation and telling of Indigenous stories. How does translation and transliteration weave meaning into the stories? What is respectful storytelling? How do you acknowledge the origin and culture of story and the storyteller? Wolastoqey stories will be shared.

Participants: all levels 

About Imelda Perley
Imelda Perley (Opolahsomuwehs) is Wolastoqew (Maliseet) from Tobique First Nation, St. Mary’s First Nation and Houlton Band of Maliseets (United States). Imelda holds a B.A. and an M.Ed. both from the University of New Brunswick and is the Elder-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick. She is a fluent speaker of Maliseet, her first language. Imelda teaches Maliseet language and Wabanaki Worldview courses at University of New Brunswick and University of Maine. She also co-teaches a Native Studies module at Saint Thomas University. She is founder and coordinator of the Wolastoq Language and Culture Centers Inc., situated at Tobique and St. Mary’s First Nations. The primary purpose of each center is to promote Wolastoq language, culture, traditions, world views, and ceremonies. Each center also conducts workshops that provide information pertaining to history, social, economic, political, and cultural conditions of Wolastoq communities. Imelda remains active in promoting cross-cultural awareness sessions within the public domain. Her traditional roles within the community include Sweatlodge Keeper, Medicine Wheel Teacher, Sacred Pipe Carrier, and Keeper of the Women’s Ceremonies (e.g. Puberty, Naming and Fasting). She is a cultural advisor for community organizations, provincial and federal agencies. Her acquisition of traditional knowledge from the Elders and other cultural teachers has prompted her to remain active in environmental and cultural issues.

About Ramona Nicholas

Ramona Nicholas is from Nekutkuk. She learned how to make baskets just over 20 years ago from Victor Bear. Her grandparents, Connie Bernard and William “Nick” Nicholas, were also basket makers and it is where she draws her talent. Although she loves making baskets, it is not her full time work. She studied at St. Thomas University for her BA. Her major was Native Studies and Anthropology. She continued with her education to get a MA at UNB with her focus on Archaeology. A few years ago she recreated a museum exhibit at the Fredericton Region Museum called the Wabanaki Way, this inspired her to once again continue her education and is currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Ph. D program at UNB. Her creativity and spirituality brings balance to her ever evolving life. 

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