Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Cultural Experience series kicks off with ceremony Sept 22
Released by Francine Douglas, Stó:lō Resource Centre
he Cultural Experience Series is officially inviting Stó:lō neighbors, Stó:lō families, Chief and Council, Elders, youth, the families and individuals of Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley to witness and be a part of the unique community at the Stó:lō Resource Centre at 10-7201 Vedder Road, Chilliwack, BC.
At this event, the public is invited to officially launch the Cultural Experience Series with a traditional welcome featuring the Semoya Dancers at 11am, introductions of artists who have been a part of the Cultural Experience Series, and honor the sponsors that have graciously supported the Series thus far, including BC Hydro, Safeway and Citizen and Immigration Canada.
The Opening Ceremony will feature traditional First Nation Storyteller, Josette Jim at 1pm. Josette Jim is Stó:lō Coast Salish from Kwantlen First Nation. She is a well-respected cultural leader and holds her teachings in high regard. Jo-sette explains that her knowledge comes from thirty five years of teachings from aunties, uncles, Elders and Chiefs. Josette shares that the Stó:lō “have a rich oral tradition of stories which embody the history, philosophy and morals of our culture; it fosters our identify as Aboriginal people.”
Josette brings her audience into the story and enthusiastically shares her teachings and knowledge. The stories she shares are based on the Sxowxiyám and Swelqwels—the legends, myths and true histories—of the Stó:lō people, including the infamous Sasquatch Story. She also shares several stories from her own family and community.
There will be a salmon and bannock lunch at 12noon by donation. This is a family and community event meant to bring Stó:lō and Stó:lō neighbors together to share First Nation culture, stories, history and create understanding and com-munity connections. The Cultural Experience Series is hosted in partnership by Stó:lō Nation, the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre, the Shxwta:selhawtxw Longhouse Extension Program and Coqualeetza Cultural Educa-tion Centre. It has generously been sponsored by BC Hydro, Safeway and Citizen and Immigration Canada.
For more information, visit www.stolonation.bc.ca
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