8th Fire on CBC Books


As part of the multiplatform, multicultural documentary project 8th Fire, CBC Books is presenting a series of blog posts and videos featuring Aboriginal-Canadian storytellers to further explore the Indigenous experience from a literary and artistic perspective. 


waub-headshot1`.jpgWe've teamed up with journalist and fiction writer Waubgeshig Rice, author of Midnight Sweatlodge, to highlight the important work of Indigenous writers, past, present and future. You can read his entries here:

Canada Writes feature series:

"The Way Forward" is an original series by some of the country's leading and emerging Aboriginal writers.

RichardWagamese-50.jpgAuthor and journalist Richard Wagamese discusses how identity and semiotics can shift in the eye of the beholder.

james-sinclair-50.jpgManitoba-based writer and professor Niigaanwiwedam James Sinclair on an epic struggle and what it can teach us about change.

carter-50.jpgWriter and performer Tania Carter and a tale of indifference to violence.


We're also presenting a series of video interviews with authors, playwrights and storytellers to discuss how their heritage influences and inspires their work. 

tara-b-120.jpgAs an artist of Irish-Canadian and Ntlaka'pamux heritage, playwright Tara Beagan has drawn upon her experiences and the memories of her elders to inform her many works.

Watch the video here.

drew-hayden-taylor-120.jpgAs a member of Ontario's Curve Lake First Nations, Drew Hayden Taylor is very familiar with the integral role of the storyteller in Aboriginal culture. 

Watch the video here.

partridge-120.jpgSpoken word performer, Inuit throat singer, and writer Taqralik Partridge explains how the dynamic between North and South influences her work.

Watch the video here.

rosa-john-portrait-120.jpgRosa John, artistic director for the Kehewin Native Dance Theatre focuses on a different way of telling stories -- through movement.

Watch the video here.

Amanda Nahanee, the Vancouver Public Library's inaugural
First Nations Storyteller in Residence, talks about collaborating with young people on plays based on tribal legends.

Watch the video here.

Louis Riel:

keeping-it-riel-100.jpgThe Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers is joined by a number of authors who have drawn on the life of controversial and charismatic figure Louis Riel.

Listen here.