Sharing the Stories of Our Ancestors
For the First Nation and Aboriginal peoples of British Columbia, the oral transmission of histories, lessons and other ancestral knowledge – or the art of storytelling – has always been an integral part of maintaining historical records and sustaining their vibrant cultures and identities.
These stories are told as evening family entertainment to pass along local or family knowledge, in ceremonies such as potlatches, or to validate a person’s or family’s authority, responsibilities, or prestige. Relying solely on memory and improvisation, Aboriginal storytellers create an enduring legacy of tales still told in the same manner today as when they were created generations ago.
Join Christian White and Aileen Hans of the Haida Nation, Deanna Lewis of the Squamish Nation, Dennis Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Lillian Rose of the Akisqnuk First Nation as they talk about the importance of storytelling not only to their cultures, but why they also share these ancient tales with visitors, as well.