2024 Festival Program

Storytellers Festival 2024 ātsōkan & lore

The Sâkêwêwak Annual Storytellers Festival is a community based, multidisciplinary arts showcase featuring a range of Indigenous artists.

As we reflect on the profound influence of stories and language in shaping the understanding of Indigenous histories and ways of being, we actively explore the languages and narratives originating from Turtle Island. We aim to hold space for teachings that provide the community with a platform to delve into both ancestral stories and reinvented ones.

This year’s theme is ātsōkan (legends) and lore. We chose to consider the word legend, from an Indigenous perspective. Legend translated in nakawēwin is ātsōkan (aat-soo-kahn). The translated definition for this nakawē word is “traditional stories of nanabush or nanabush stories”; ātsōkan is also the definition to describe one of the grandmother/grandfather spirits in the spirit world. In Cree, this word may be translated to âtayôhkêwin meaning speaking of spirits, and in Michif the translation for Legends is atayoohkun. We recognize the way Indigenous people speak of spirit stories, bringing us to learn that there are connections and distinct differences between stories. We look forward to celebrating our stories with you!

With our emphasis on the evolving practice of storytelling within Indigenous communities, we’ve chosen narratives that have undergone transformation over time, merging elements of the contemporary world with reflections from the past. We introduced the term “lore” to acknowledge artists whose stories originate in modern settings yet draw inspiration from both historical and current contexts, projecting visions for the future. 

We invite you to join us over the weekend to hold space for hearing legacy stories! Storytellers festival celebrates diversity and experimentation, while including storytellers who hold teachings from the past, who can remind us of its origins. The true spirit of the festival is as a point of gathering and kinship through collaboration, interconnectivity, and community.

Friday Evening

STORYTELLERS 2024 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

 |  7pm- 9:30pm |  The Artesian: 2627 13th Ave, Regina, SK  

Experience an evening of music and storytelling, where the captivating art of storytelling takes centre stage. Prepare to be swept away by an extraordinary evening that weaves together music, theatre, storytelling, and puppetry, creating an immersive experience like no other. Featuring incredible performances by artists; Skyler Anderson with his production “âcimowin”, alongside actors; Teddy Bison, Todd Houseman, Tai Reign, and Leslie Anderson. 

Friday Night begins with a jam, artists Erroll Kinistino and Josie Linka will share their stories through music before we turn down the lights for a multilayered production, “âcimowin” created by Skyler Anderson. Through his artistry, Anderson brings stories to life in a way that transcends traditional boundaries, captivating audiences with a unique blend of sound, visuals, and narrative finesse.

THEATRE & MUSIC NIGHT

Friday, February 16, 2024  | (doors @ 6:30) 7pm – 10pm  |  The Artesian: 2627 13th Ave Regina, SK 

7:00 – 7:10 Welcome (Pauline & Holly)

7:10 – 7:45 Music Performance

Erroll & Josie 

7:45 – 8:00 Intermission

8:00 – 8:50 âcimowin Theatre performance

8:50-9:00 Theatre Intermission

9:00 – 9:30 Second half of âcimowin

9:30 – 9:45   Close off the night

Saturday Afternoon

Canada Council Info Session and post workshop activity with Zoey Roy 

Saturday, February 17, 2024  | 12pm – 3 pm  |  The Artesian: 2627 13th Ave, Regina, SK

Join us at The Artesian for a daytime gathering featuring an informative session led by Isidra Cruz, a staff member from the Canada Council. Discover the diverse funding opportunities provided by the Canada Council, with a special focus on the Indigenous funding stream, Creating, Knowing, Sharing. Isidra will guide the group through valuable insights, and additional time will be available for one-on-one sessions with the Canada Council representative for personalised support.

Stay engaged as Zoey Roy leads a relaxing wind-down activity after the session, providing participants with a chance to unwind and reflect. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, explore funding possibilities, and connect with experts in the field. Join us for a day of learning and networking at The Artesian!

Saturday Evening

MUSIC AND STORYTELLERS NIGHT

Saturday, February 17, 2024  | (doors @ 6:30) 7pm – 10 pm  |  The Artesian: 2627 13th Ave, Regina, SK 

Tonight will be an engaging evening filled with joy as we delve into the narratives of artists exploring their stories through written accounts, lived experiences, and the transmission of both ancestral and contemporary knowledge. The night kicks off with the vibrant energy of Justin Holness, who will share his thoughts through music, setting the stage for a relaxing and enlightening interlude.

After a brief intermission we will return to this space and connect with storytellers who have dedicated themselves to learning stories, both written and oral, as they impart their knowledge and experiences. The evening wraps up with the screening of Zoey Roy’s new music video – Medicine Project, promising a transition into a lively dance party, celebrating local community members: Joely Big-Eagle Kequahtooway, Brenda Dubois, and Annie Brass as we close the night.

7:00 – 7:15       Zoey Roy MC introduction

7:15 – 7:45       Opening Performance Justin Holness

7:45 – 8:00       Intermission

8:00 – 8:20        Welcome on Jessie Archibald Barber

8:20 – 8:40        John Cuthand

8:40 – 9:00        Joseph Naytowhow

9:00 – 9:30       Medicine Project video and dance party

9:30 – 10:00      Closing

Sunday Afternoon

BEGINNER HAND GAMES

Sunday, February 18th, 2024  | 1pm – 4 pm  |  The Artesian: 2627 13th Ave, Regina (FREE)

Get ready to discover the ultimate game – Cree hand games! Join us alongside Tianna Delorme, for a beginner-friendly session where you’ll learn the ins and outs of the game. The event will attempt a beginners tournament with fantastic prizes up for grabs! 

With limited spots available, make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to secure your spot and dive into playing Cree hand games. Don’t miss out on the fun and the chance to test your skills in this exciting competition!

12:30 – 1:00 Doors open

1:00 – 1:45 Tutorial With Tianna Delorme

2:00 – 3:45 Tournament

3:45 – 4:00 Announce winners & wrap up

Sunday Evening

OPEN MIC SUNDAY 

Sunday, February 18, 2024 | (doors open 6:30) 7pm-9pm  |  Venue B 2300 Dewdney Ave #110, Regina, SK S4R 1G8 

Join us for an open mic night of captivating tales hosted by the wonderful Todd Houseman, at Venue B Sunday evening! Storytellers of all levels, from beginners to advanced, will share their stories.