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Story Telling

Story Telling

Elders as Teachers

Power of Words

Visual representation of nature's laws

"The use of verbs rather than noun subjects and objects is important; it means that there are very few fixed and rigid objects in the Mi’kmaq worldview. What they see is the great flux, external transformation, and an interconnected order of time, space and events" (Ross, Returning 115).

Oral History/Story Telling

Series Coordinator - Dr. Earle Waugh
© 1980 Access


(using an example from Hollow Water) "Storytelling as a means of law-giving seems to be based on the same understanding – that law can be known to everyone through reciting the consequences of acts alone, not through communicating judgmental labels for either the act or, worse still, the actor" (Ross, Returning 171).

The Winter Camp and Storytelling

Series Coordinator - Dr. Earle Waugh
© 1980 Access


"Story telling is more than entertainment. It is a way of communicating important information from one person to another and from one generation to another. When something important happens to a person it becomes a story shared with others. Each story that is shared contributed to the knowledge others have of an individual. Each individual is a character in the story of a group’s life together. Stories are interpretations of experience through which subjective information is organized and communicated intersubjectively. They are the medium particularly adapted to the conditions of life in band level societies." (Ridington 214)

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