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Story Trees: a useful tool for Truth & Reconciliation?
By Don Hill
January 30, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
Admission fee of $10 is optional

The child of an immigrant, Don Hill was curious about northern Ontario. His mother married a Canadian in 1950. Both parents couldn’t tell him much about the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory around Sault Ste Marie, where the Hill family settled in the 19th century.

In the early 1970s, Don & Anne (Prevost) Hill recorded oral history. At the time, the young couple were unaware of Shingwauk, the Ojibwa seer-shaman, and his vision which led to the genesis of the residential school system (at Garden River First Nation); they visited placeholders of indigenous cultural memory: Shingwauk’s numinous pictographs at Agawa on Lake Superior — ‘rock art’ telling of another time and place —which was profoundly affective (as much as Don felt irrevocably altered for seeing them in 1975).

Story Trees interactive digital software tags the tone & mood of historical interviews. Sensitive to the modern listener's disposition, the dynamic software sets in motion complementary audio & visual materiel in the spirit of a Socratic dialogue; it’s in this way, the contemporary listener is perhaps drawn to different conclusions about what they hear and feel about storytelling from another era.
Sonik Boom
By Janet Rogers
February 6, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
Optional Admission fee of $10

Origin stories and cosmology stories are important and generational hereditary tales which root us, as Indigenous people, in our identity reaching far beyond any land based migration legends and most certainly lives outside any notion of a land bridge. We know where we come from, and we know to where we will return.

In this online presentation, Janet Rogers will be on hand to present and discuss three of her recent poetic audio works - Stereo Ribbons, tsi takaronhya ke and Sky Woman Falling. The presentation will take place online. Admission fee is optional, but advance registration is required.