Storytelling Workshop Session:
In this 60 minute online workshop, Dallas Yellowfly and Alysha Collie discuss in detail some of the most important and fundamental elements to storytelling.
In the introduction, both Yellowfly and Collie introduce what traditional territories they come from and where they are located in Canada. This then segways to our first Oral Story, Turtle Island (the origin story of North America). Next, the history behind Indigenous Oral Storytelling is discussed including permissions, locations, traditions, and how stories were accompanied by art. Our second Oral Story, Bear Woman, is then told. Depending on technology available, students will retell the story of Bear Woman in a telephone-like activity to relay the importance of how stories change over time. Following Bear Woman, the audience will become familiar with how to use a short story plot diagram in a brief introduction, and will fill out their own alongside the presenters with a digitized version on screen. A question and answer period will then be available for participants to ask the presenters questions. If time permits, one more story will be told, White Wolf, Black Wolf, where students have the option based on their instructor's discretion, to fill out a plot diagram at home or in class by themselves.
Short story terminology and plot diagrams will be sent to instructors in advance to share with students prior to presentation to ensure they are familiar with the activity.
A home activities package will also be sent to the instructor detailing follow-up activities students can do, including:
1. Fill out a plot diagram for White Wolf, Black Wolf (optional depending on time).
2. Write 1-3 paragraphs using what you learned about Oral Storytelling and why you think it is important.
3. Retell/reshare a story from your own culture or family that has been passed down to you. To emulate the importance of various forms of storytelling, students have the option to create a video of themselves (with the option of adding family members) reenacting the story, to write the story, or to tell the story through art (drawings, painting, etc).
Grade 4 - 12
Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly's ancestry is from the Siksika Nation (Blackfoot First Nation). Having been born and raised on Coast Salish, Sto:lo, territory he has been taught both coastal culture and plains culture from Elders. Yellowfly has been working in Indigenous Education for 19 years sharing stories and culture in classrooms. In 2010 Yellowfly founded his company "3 Crows Productions", a unique group of Indigenous educational storytellers. Using his experience in stand-up comedy, film production, multi-media and interactive storytelling Yellowfly is presenting across the province focused on increasing awareness of Indigenous perspectives in education.
Alysha Collie is a member of the Soowahlie First Nation and has recently completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a Biology Major and Visual Arts Minor. While at university, Collie spent her time as an Indigenous Peer Mentor where she helped her peers with their culturally sensitive needs and provided academic support. During her university career she helped plan a Reconciliation Shakespeare Garden, the first of its kind, for the campus by providing Indigenous perspective and scientific knowledge. Collie is a TEDx speaker and storyteller with 3 Crows Productions performing across the province in schools, theatres, and community events.