These evocative stories from the Ahtahkakoop, a Plains Cree nation in central
Saskatchewan, create a world where the buffalo once reigned supreme, animals
protected each other, and the creator gave the world colour and life.
Dramatized, cast and recorded in the community.
Legends from Ahtahkakoop
, or Sandy Lake, Saskatchewan, is the 11th in the series that began in Iqaluit, Nunavut in 2002. Since then the Legends Production team has travelled to remote First Nations communities to dramatize First Nations' and Inuit stories; fascinating stories of creation, spirituality, myth, and legend. This is in part to help showcase the rich
cultural value of these ancient stories, before both tradition and language are lost to a dominant English culture.
This project shines a light on aboriginal culture and history in a way most Canadians have never seen. It gives pride to the First Nations of Canada and in so doing may help reduce the stigma that can lead to racism.
For this project we worked with dedicated leaders from the Ahtahkakoop Health Centre, elementary school teachers, elders and young people Despite the relatively small population (1500 live on the reserve) we had an unprecedented turn out for auditions, more than we had seen on any other project, From the drama workshop at the high school to open community auditions we heard more than 54 people read for a record-setting 24 parts. Every day we were visited by a constant flow of community members, happy to be an audience for the recordings.
Cree is a fascinating language, broken into 5 dialects and spoken in almost every province (and at least one territory). We were working with the "Y" dialect, or the Plains Cree. The Ideas production features only the English versions of these stories; a full Cree version will be available on CD.
With the assistance of our community team members, Belinda Nelson
, Quinn Peekeekoot
and Leona Peekeekoot
, we were able to produce five stories into radio plays, four of which are included in this Ideas production. All were recorded on the Ahtahkakoop reserve during July 2010.
CASTHOW THE WORLD GOT COLOUR
|Neil, Graycen, Dylayna and Marcy
||Alexis with crew
Narrator - Kenny Peekeekoot
Child 1 - Brandon Hyman
Child 2 - Keyara Greyeyes
Child 3 - Kirsten Starblanket
Elder - Sedrick Starblanket
Creature - Tim Peekeekoot
Mother - Darlene Isbister
Father - Pete Knife
Son 1- Chris Benjamin
Son 2 - Ryan Benjamin
Daughter - Daryl ThomasTHE DANCERS
Narrator - Blanche Little
Old Man - Gerald Isbister
Old Woman - Maureen Ahenakew
Prairie Chicken - Chris Benjamin
Buffalo - Tim Peekeekoot
Eagle - Marcy LittleTHE EAGLE AND THE OTTER (EO & CEO)
Narrator - Tim Peekeekoot
Eagle 1 - Pete Knife
Eagle 2 - Maureen Ahenakew
Eagle 3 - Marcy Little
Eagle 4 - Jordan Benjamin
Beaver - Gerald Isbister
Wolf - Sedrick Starblanket
Otter - Chris BenjaminBUFFALO CHILD STONE (BC & CBC)
Narrator - Raymond Augustine Williams
Bull Buffalo - Tim Peekeekoot
Cow Buffalo - Lorette Peekeekoot
Buffalo "Child" - Neil Whitefish