Homespun: Tales from Rural NL

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Signal Hill Interpretation Centre, Annex Room

$15 at the door; cash only
Wheelchair accessible venue

Join us for a warm and wonderful evening of tales and recitations woven in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Journey through Labrador fishing for char, getting caught in snowstorms, and embarking on long winter walks; relive resettlement stories and connect with rural roots. Hosted by Marion Counsel and featuring Angus Andersen, Elizabeth Penashue, and more. This is a fan favourite and always a highlight of the festival!

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Marion Counsel grew up on Red Island, Placentia Bay. She was a teenager when her family resettled in the town of Placentia during the “Resettlement Program” of the 1960’s.

Marion has written many recitations, stories and songs about these experiences, mainly as a keepsake for her son Michael, but also, to help preserve her memories of out port life in Newfoundland and Labrador.

She has compiled her work and created “Red Island – Resettlement Girl” and has performed it in many venues on the Avalon Peninsula

Born into a nomadic family, Elizabeth Penashue learned to write in Innu-aimun as a child and began keeping diaries systematically in the 1980s during the Innu campaign against NATO low level flying and weapons testing on Innu land. She is well known in Nitassinan as well as nationally and internationally as a cultural and environmental activist. For many years she led an annual weeks-long spring walk on traditional Innu hunting trails and a summer canoe trip on the Mishta-Shipu to teach people about Innu culture and respect for the land. Elizabeth’s work has been recognized by a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, an honorary doctorate from Memorial University and, most recently, a Labradorians of Distinction award. She has featured in numerous film and radio interviews and profiles, newspaper and magazine articles and consultations, including testifying before the International Human Rights Tribunal in the Hague and speaking at Harvard University. She recently completed a book based on her diaries, stories and essays (forthcoming from the University of Manitoba Press) and she continues to speak publicly about environmental, cultural and human rights issues. She states: “I don’t like to walk on pavement. I want to be connected to the earth, to feel the moss and the forest floor beneath my feet. I believe the spirits of those who have gone before us are still there in nutshimit and I have a responsibility to them. I will never give up my work, which is to protect the animals, the trees, the children, everything in the circle of life.

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More tellers to be announced shortly!