Join Trudy Wesley, author Ne Îethka Makochî Chach, This is Our Home, and Natasha Wesley, author of Îethkaîhâ Yawabi, Counting in Stoney, for a reading of their two books followed by an animal craft activity and an animal friendship dance. Light refreshments will be served following the activity.
Indigenous languages have long been underrepresented in literature — especially in children’s books. As part of the Canmore Museum’s commitment to give space for members of our neighbouring Stoney Nakoda community in Morely to share their language and culture, we are pleased to present Stoney Nakoda Storytime. This event is being hosted by the Canmore Museum in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days and artsPlace’s Festival of Art and Creativity.
This is a free event, but space is limited to 30 children; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Walk-in registration may be accomodated.
ABOUT THE BOOKS AND AUTHORS
Want to learn more about the land we live on here in Treaty 7 territory? This story by Trudy Wesley explains all about the people and animals who live in the foothills and mountains of southern Alberta. “Ne Îethka Makochî Chach (This is Our Home)” is written and read by Trudy Wesley, Mînî Thnî (Cold Water). The book is illustrated by Tanisha Wesley, and translated by Duane Mark in the Îethka language of the Stoney Nakoda People.
Author Trudy Westley is author of Ne Îethka Makochî Chach, This is Our Home. She is the sixth generation of the hereditary holy medicine man, Chief Hector Crawler.
With this Stoney Nakoda story, readers can learn the Îethkaîhâ way of counting accompanied by beautiful Indigenous imagery. Author Natasha Wesley and her artist sister, Tanisha Wesley, portray the numbers 1 to 20 through their familiar ways of life beautifully.
Author Natasha Wesley is author of Îethkaîhâ Yawabi, Counting in Stoney. In the Stoney language, her name Îyarhe Wiyapta means Shining Mountains. Illustrations in the book are by Tanisha Wesley.