New Hampshire's annual Indigenous storytelling festival
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 10 AM - 5 PM
in the TYCO Visitors Center Lecture Hall at Strawbery Banke Museum
More information coming soon!
About the festival:
Dawnland StoryFest, New Hampshire’s annual Indigenous storytelling festival, is hosted by Strawbery Banke in connection with the Museum’s permanent “People of the Dawnland” exhibit.
This daylong event features storytelling “concerts“ or performances by five experienced Indigenous Northeast storytellers as well as a keynote address. The day has been designed to include breaks. Additionally, attendees are invited to attend a “Swapping Grounds” story-sharing session to share a traditional Native American lesson story—or just to listen. Attendees are welcome to prepare a short story ahead of time if they would like the chance to share it with a supportive audience.
This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at nhhumanities.org.
For more information about Dawnland StoryFest, please contact Alix Martin, Museum Archaeologist via amartin[at]sbmuseum.org.
More information coming soon!
About the 2021 Dawnland StoryFest Traditional Storytellers:
Louise Profeit-LeBlanc is a Traditional Storyteller from the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation of the Yukon Territory in Northern Canada. Her 30-year commitment to the cultural and artistic heritage of her people includes being co-founder of two seminal organizations of the Yukon: the Yukon International Storytelling Festival and the Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry. Both of these organizations helped to inspire an artistic revival and recognition of Indigenous art in the territory. Louise worked for several years as the Yukon Native Heritage advisor for the Yukon Government, recording traditional stories relative to Yukon geographical place names. She pays tribute to the many Elders she was privileged to work with for over a decade, ensuring these precious stories were captured for future generations. Louise worked for over eleven years to help advance Aboriginal art in Canada through her position at Canada Council for the Arts, where she served as coordinator for the Aboriginal Arts Office in Strategic Initiatives. In addition to her work with the Canada Council for the Arts, Louise continues to respond to requests from regional and local Aboriginal gatherings, festivals and inner-city school programs, sharing traditional stories and providing a framework of curriculum for teachers to use in their classes. She has also been a featured guest storyteller at international storytelling festivals, including venues in Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Greenland, Scotland, the USA, Belize, and Hawaii as well as at many national Indigenous artistic gatherings within her home nation of Canada.
Hear "The Boy on the Moon" Part 1 told by Louise Profeit-Leblanc by clicking the link below.
Anne Jennison is a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander with both European and Abenaki heritage who comes from a family with a strong oral tradition. Anne also has rigorous training in her art form, with Master's degrees in both Storytelling and History. Anne brings a wealth of knowledge, polished by 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller, to her retelling of timeless Native American stories. Among her favorite stories to share are those that spring from the Wabanaki peoples of the Northeast, so expect to hear stories of Indigenous New Hampshire, along with a few surprises.
Listen to a recent virtual presentation done by Anne Jennison on the "People of the Dawnland" exhibit at Strawbery Banke Museum by clicking the link below.
Darlene Kascak is the Education and Visit Services Coordinator for the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut. As a member of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, Darlene has a passion for storytelling and sharing the rich history of the American Indian peoples. She especially loves sparking the imagination of young people as they discover how Native Americans lived and evolved over the centuries. She believes her storytelling helps young people to become more open and empathetic to different cultures.
Nootauau Kaukontuoh (aka "She Hears the Crow") is a woman of the Eastern Woodlands. She lives her life in the tradition of the Nanhigganêuck, the people known today as the Narragansett. She is a Storyteller of Longhouse Tales, told in many different ways including Native Sign Language, call and response, as well as other traditional styles. She has twice been awarded publishing contracts for her book of poetry and is currently completing a Native children's novel. She brings to life the oral tradition at schools, community centers, Indigenous gatherings, and wherever the stories lead her. As a kuhkootomwehteaen (one who shares knowledge), 35+ plus years of storytelling in different, styles, she brings forth the culture of the Longhouse People, through stories.
Deborah Spears Moorehead (aka "Talking Water" – KutooSeepoo) is an internationally known Native American, Wampanoag Storyteller, and a visual and performing artist, an author, a cultural bearer, an educational consultant, and a songwriter. She co-founded Nettukkusqk Singers, an all Native American women’s hand-drum learning, teaching, and performing group. For over 30 years Deborah has educated audiences on Native American subject matters through art, literature, lectures, and musical performances. She holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Swain School of Design and a Master’s in Arts in Cultural Sustainability from Goucher College. She is Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag, and descends from Chief Sachem Massasoit, who befriended the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620, and saved their lives through their first winter in North America. Deborah authored the book Finding Balance: The Genealogy of Massasoit’s People and Oral and Written History of the Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag Tribal Nation, published by Blue Hand books and available through Amazon. This book dispels many negative biases and stereotypes regarding Native American culture and history and offers a Wampanoag perspective on America’s history.
Jonathan Cummings grew up fascinated by trickster tales, indigenous stories, and the power of myth. To Jonathan, as stated by Brandon Sanderson, “The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”
Jonathan gets his audience thinking in two ways. His adventure - and more often misadventure - tales explore nature, survival, and human interactions from his wanderings to out of the way places in New England and beyond, while his retelling of Native American stories often ask audiences to explore a different way of imaging, experiencing, and interacting with the world. These stories often draw on Jonathan’s experience listening to WolfSong, the late Abenaki storyteller.