Elder/Youth Story Exchange, Waycobah First Nation, Cape Breton

This multi-generational project combines the ancient art of oral storytelling with the contemporary art of media-based storytelling. A series of short videos inspired by Elders’ stories will be created through a collaboration process by children/youth, teachers, Elders, community members, local and visiting artists. Elders will be invited to tell their stories to children/youth who will then transform them into short videos in consultation with the Elders. The first story was told by Elder Magit Poulette about her experience at the Shudenacadie Residential School.

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students documenting Magit Poulette sharing her story in Magit’s Doll

When she arrived at age four her doll was taken away from her. She then created dolls out of rags. As an adult Magit searched for a doll that reminded her of the doll that was stolen from her. Magit tells her story and teaches students how she made her rag dolls.

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