This summer the University of Manitoba’s Summer Institute is offering a new and unique series of courses called Cree Language and Narrative.
The three-week interdisciplinary session will focus on language structure, the teaching and speaking of Cree, and Cree oral storytelling tradition.
Between July 26 and August 13 the Summer Institute will offer several courses such as Introductory Cree, Structure of the Cree Language (offered at different levels), and Cree Oral Stories. Several are cross-listed between the departments of Linguistics, Native Studies and English.
“Language preservation has been a strong goal of Native Studies for many years and this institute offers students a creative opportunity to build on their skills from several perspectives,” Wanda Wuttunee, Head of Native Studies, said.
Louis Bird will lead the Cree Oral Stories course as a visiting instructor. An Elder and storyteller, Bird is Omushkego (Swampy Cree) from Peawanuck who has been collecting, recording and telling traditional stories his whole life.
Warren Cariou, Canada Research Chair in Narrative, Community and Indigenous Cultures, calls him “without a doubt the most famous storyteller in Omushkego-Cree, and one of the greatest storytellers in Canada.”
Cariou is an associate professor in the English department who will accompany Bird in teaching the course.
For more information contact Sean Moore, public affairs, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (firstname.lastname@example.org).