Stories From The Land - Sakewewak Storytellers Festival

Pictured (L-R): Dominga J. Robinson (Aboriginal Program Coordinator - SWG), Kevin McKenzie, Dr. Shauneen Pete, Jesse Barber, Ryan McMahon & Adam Martin (Artistic Director, Sakewewak)

Photo Courtesy: Michelle Brownridge, SaskCulture


In this episode of Stories From The Land we bring you to the Sakewewak Storytellers Festival in beautiful downtown Regina, SK for our FIRST EVER live event taping! Recorded at the Artful Dodger, the episode of the podcast features Dr. Shauneen Pete, Jesse Archibald Barber & Kevin McKenzie as they share touching, hilarious & deeply personal stories from the land to detail their connection OR disconnection to the places they are from.

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors & Presenters - Sakewewak, University of Regina Aboriginal Student Centre, Library Services For Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples Inc. & the Saskatchewan Writers Guild.

Dr. Shauneen Pete

Dr. Shauneen Pete (Little Pine First Nation) is an educator, public speaker and storyteller.  She is currently serving as the Executive Lead: Indigenization at the University of Regina.  She is a co-producer for the local television show, The Four and a contributing writer to REZX magazine. 

The Story:

In this episode of Stories From The Land we hear a remarkable story from Dr. Shauneen Pete as she shares a heart warming, gripping & hilarious story that takes us to the prairies of Saskatchewan and inside the home of our her Grandmother. Dr. Pete graciously shares as she tells us about the way stories & teachings can lead us in our every day lives and about the way these same stories take care of our lives, our communities & our Nations.

I stopped and i pointed at that plant, I called it by it’s name, just as my Granny did. I smelled it & tasted it, just as my granny did. I know what I know because my Granny did.
— Dr. Shauneen Pete

Jesse Archibald Barber

Jesse Archibald-Barber is from Regina and is an associate professor of Indigenous literatures at the First Nations University of Canada.  His interests include Saskatchewan Indigenous literary history and the blending of digital humanities with Indigenous literature, performance, and popular culture. 

The Story: 

In this episode of Stories From The Land we our told a story about a story by Jesse Barber. An incredible story full of rich oral history that gives a depth of perspective rarely shared about Indigenous Territories pre-Treaty.

In this story we hear of the great leader Thunderchild and an oral account of one of the hardest winters the Plains Cree have ever endured. A whimsical tale full of metaphor and history - this is a must listen and a welcome addition to the Stories From The Land collection.

Our stories are like stores of buffalo meat buried under the snow waiting to be found. They are on the land. Waiting for us.
— Jesse Barber

Kevin McKenzie

Kevin McKenzie is a multi-disciplined artist, born and raised in Saskatchewan. He is currently the artist in residence at the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina. Kevin's work is in the permanent collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the National Gallery of Canada and most recently the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

The Story:

In this episode we hear a hilarious story of struggle as Kevin McKenzie sets out on a mission to head to Batoche for Métis Days - a yearly cultural celebration that takes place yearly, in the dead of summer, in beautiful Batoche, SK.

Here we hear about being chased by rez dogs, bad boot choices and a stubborness & search for culture & place that knows no boundaries. This charming & lighthearted story will have you smiling, scratching your head & will probably make you want to pick up a stranger as they walk down the highway the next time you pass one.

You ever wanted to go somewhere so badly, you walked there? I have. Let me tell about the summer I walked to Batoche.
— Kevin McKenzie