Sat., Sep. 28 | John Braithwaite Community Centre

NORTH VANCOUVER- X̱wex̱wiy̓úsem: Storytelling Movement Workshops

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NORTH VANCOUVER- X̱wex̱wiy̓úsem: Storytelling Movement Workshops

Time & Location

Sep. 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 W 1st St, North Vancouver, BC V7M 1B1, Canada

About The Event

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 #CultureDays

Location: John Braithwaite Community Center, Shoreline Studio

Times: 1PM Raven, 3PM Bear & 5:30PM Dz'unakwa

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Come experience the legends of Raven, Bear & Dz'unakwa (Kwakwaka'wakw Wild Woman) from award-winning Squamish Nation dancer, choreographer, designer and cultural consultant, Sierra Tasi Baker (Gesuqwaluck) on September 28th, 2019 at the John Braithwaite Community Center's Shoreline Studio in North Vancouver, British Columbia on the traditional territory of the Squamish people and shared territory with the Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Each cultural education workshop will start with a special performance by Sierra Tasi Baker which will lead into discussion, movement explorations, and understanding how to interact with these two Coast Salish and a Kwakwaka'wakw legend in a respectful, meaningful, and more thoughtful way.

We will be working with movement therapy, indigenous methodologies and round-table discussions to facilitate these workshops. The intention of the workshops is teach and facilitate discussions of understanding Coast Salish Legends in respectful and appropriate ways whilst learning key lessons from each legend.

No movement experience required!

Movement Storytelling Workshops:

1:00pm - Raven Steals the Sun: Go far back in time to when the Animal Kingdom was strong and people were few. Learn how Raven steals the Sun back from a misguided Chieftain to restore balance to the world.

Themes: Transformation, Sacrifice, & Balance

3pm - The Legend of Grizzly & Bear:

If you thought your family had drama listen in to the wisdom of Bear & Grizzly and learn forgiveness, how to cope with grief, and the importance of being heard.

Themes: Grief, Tragedy, & Forgiveness

5:30pm - Dz'unakwa: The Wild Woman of the Woods:

The wild woman is a powerful being that lives in the woods. Learn how a courageous crew of strong children defeat Dz'unakwa through teamwork and quick thinking.

Dz'unakwa, is a Kwakwaka'wakw legend. In Coast Salish the Wild Woman is known as Kalkalith and Smáylilh (Sasquatch). Sierra wanted to share this legend to honor her late Grandmother’s side of the family.

Themes: Courage, Bravery, & Acceptance

Each participant can choose what workshop they wish to participate in which could mean 1, 2 or all 3 workshops throughout the day! Please bring a water bottle, loose athletic clothing and runners or bare feet!

Mature audiences preferred, we will be discussing topics of grief, transformation, and decolonizing our world view however special exceptions for curious youth wanting to learn!

*Plant-based & Gluten Free refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

*Special note, if you are allergic to Cedar and Sage you may wish to refrain from these workshops. Please let the event organizers know if you have any allergies to take note of!

Sponsored by the First Peoples' Cultural Council

In Collaboration with North Vancouver Recreation & Culture

Part of #CultureDays!

Dance and Workshop mentorship in collaboration with OneDance Creative Art Centre's award winning choreographer Susan Heimsoth.

Storytelling and Oral history mentorship by Wade Stephen Baker

Music by award-winning composer Thomas RL Beckman in collaboration with storytelling by Sierra Tasi Baker

These Legends are over 15,000 years old and are the cultural heritage of the Coastal People's. Sierra is being mentored by her father, Wade Stephen Baker, oral historian & master carver, in oral history and storytelling. This project is a collaboration and mentorship project aimed at reclaiming indigenous narratives and creating indigenous spaces of sharing.

Please email if you are interested in volunteering!

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