Conversations with Jo-ann Archibald
Conversations with Jo-ann Archibald (22:14 min)
Jo-ann-Q’um Q’um Xiiem reflects on the following topic areas that focus on the role of Indigenous stories: (1) Indigenous pedagogies; (2) the role of storytelling in Indigenous education; (3) ways to help children and other learners make story-meaning; (4) protocols for using Indigenous stories; (5) contexts for storytelling; and (6) educators’ considerations for using Indigenous stories today. This video is like a map that shows important geographical places and markers to guide journeyers. You may want to view this video first to guide your storywork journey. A question that you might keep in mind when watching this video is, What ideas will help me get started on the pathway to working with stories in meaningful ways?
On Becoming Story-Ready
The next two videos provide introductory information about Indigenous stories, their structure or framework, and protocols for using these stories. The videos pose considerations and guiding questions to get educators ready to work with Indigenous stories and Indigenous storytellers. These videos can help you become familiar with a story-place by spending time within it. A question that you might keep in mind is, What do I need to do first to get story-ready?
On Indigenous Stories and Their Framework (4:39 min)
Jo-ann-Q’um Q’um Xiiem identifies structures of Indigenous stories, considerations for using stories for teaching and learning, and suggestions for getting ready to listen and learn from stories.
On Including Indigenous Stories (5:39 min)
Jo-ann-Q’um Q’um Xiiem outlines questions that could help educators prepare to work with Indigenous stories and discusses some basic protocols for using Indigenous stories.
Dr. Jo-ann Archibald- On Indigenous Storytelling (41:54 min)
There are many benefits regarding Indigenous storytelling such as sustaining culture and cultural teachings and principles, and for guiding all aspects of life. Intimating connected to the action of storytelling are ways to make meaning from and with Indigenous traditional and lived experience stories. This video focuses on ways to work with Indigenous stories using a framework called, Indigenous storywork, which includes seven principles of respect, responsibility, reverence, reciprocity, holism, inter-relatedness, and synergy.
In Part One, Jo-ann-Q’um Q’um Xiiem shares her perspectives about the Indigenous storywork principles of respect, responsibility, reverence, and reciprocity, which facilitate a process of getting story-ready to work with Indigenous traditional and life-experience stories. In Part Two, Jo-ann-Q’um Q’um Xiiem applies the other Indigenous storywork principles of holism, inter-relatedness, and synergy to a Stó:lō story of “Mr. Magpie and Mr. Crow” told by Stó:lō Elders Harry Edwards and Agnes Kelly. Questions to consider: Do your understandings of this story differ from that of Q’um Q’um Xiiem? Could you use Indigenous storywork in your teaching practice? If so, how?