Duncan Mercredi (David Robertson)
Duncan Mercredi was chosen by his grandmother to be a storyteller before he was even born. Raised mainly by his grandmother, Mercredi sat at her feet for countless hours listening and absorbing the stories she would tell. Now, he has grandchildren he tells these stories to.
Mercredi is a celebrated Cree poet and storyteller from Grand Rapids, Manitoba, who has brilliantly documented life both in the bush and on the streets of Winnipeg. He joins Tomson Highway, an internationally renowned Cree novelist who is currently teaching a course on Cree Literature at the University of Manitoba, for an evening of Cree Stories at Aqua Books.
Also joining Mercredi and Highway are Emma LaRoque, an award-winning Cree-Métis poet, nonfiction writer and professor based at the University of Manitoba's Department of Native Studies; along with Neal McLeod, an acclaimed poet, theorist, painter, curator, filmmaker, and professor of Native Studies at Trent University. He was raised on the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.
These four Aboriginal writers will share the Cree
imagination in story, drama and poetry. It is presented by the University of Manitoba's Centre for Creative Writing & Oral Culture.
Mercredi shared a traditional Cree story with Weekend Morning Show's Keran Sanders. To hear the entire interview tune into WMS on Saturday between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.