The Legends Project

  • Friday August 16, 2013

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    Legends of the Cayuga

    In their longhouses, the Cayuga tell stories of a world where hunters stalk a powerful bear in the sky, maple trees hold the secret to life, and a fearsome battle creates Niagara Falls. Dramatized, cast and recorded in Ohsweken, on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory....

    Posted: Aug 16, 2013 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Friday July 26, 2013

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    Legends of the Ahtahkakoop

    Ahtahkakoop, in Plains Cree, means blanket of stars. 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. CBC Radio's Legends Project compiles traditional oral stories, legends...

    Posted: Jul 26, 2013 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Friday June 28, 2013

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    Legends of the Kwakwaka'wakw

    Off the northern tip of Vancouver Island, a small group of people has survived since time began. Their stories capture the essence of their relationship with the sea and its creatures, and the rites, rituals and traditions that have survived despite their immersion in an ever-changing world. CBC Radio's Legends Project compiles traditional oral stories, legends and histories of...

    Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Friday May 31, 2013

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    Legends of the Gwich'in

    The foundational stories of the Gwich'in are a window into the lives of a people who tamed the harsh Arctic climate and landscape from Alaska to the Mackenzie delta. They are tales of medicine power and heroic characters. CBC Radio's Legends Project compiles traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada's Inuit and First Nations, gathered in communities across...

    Posted: May 31, 2013 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Friday May 10, 2013

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    Legends of the Ilnu of Mashteuiatsh of Quebec

    Take a journey back in time when humans and animals spoke the same language, when humans survived because of lessons learned from the animals. From the shores of Lac St. Jean in Northern Quebec come these ancient stories of the Mashteuiatsh Ilnu. These dramatized versions cross the boundaries of time and are as powerful now as they were ten thousand...

    Posted: May 10, 2013 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Friday April 19, 2013

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    Legends of the Kainai

    Dramatizations of the old stories of the Blackfoot of southern Alberta, provide a glimpse into this ancient culture's sacred beliefs, traditions and heroes. CBC Radio's Legends Project compiles traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada's Inuit and First Nations, gathered in communities across the country. To find out more, visit the Legends Project website....

    Posted: Apr 19, 2013 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Friday March 15, 2013

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    Legends of the Mi'kmaq

    The rich oral tradition of the Mi'kmaq is highlighted in four fascinating stories - stories of power and magic that provide insight into the culture of this First Nation from Canada's east coast. CBC Radio's Legends Project compiles traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada's Inuit and First Nations, gathered in communities across the country. To find out more,...

    Posted: Mar 15, 2013 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Friday February 15, 2013

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    Legends of the Old Massett Haida

    The Haida are an ancient and powerful nation, internationally renowned for their artwork. Despite modern day assimilation, the Haida of Haida Gwaii are fiercely proud of their culture and history. Their stories of creation and transformation illustrate the richness of that culture. CBC Radio's Legends Project compiles traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada's Inuit and First Nations,...

    Posted: Feb 15, 2013 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Thursday December 06, 2012

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    Legends of the Shuswap

    From the shores of Shuswap Lake in British Columbia come the foundation stories of the Secwepemc people: rich accounts of the magic in nature that teach the harmony of the world. CBC Radio's Legends Project compiles traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada's Inuit and First Nations, gathered in communities across the country. To find out more, go...

    Posted: Dec 06, 2012 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Tuesday November 06, 2012

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    Legends of the Mushuau Innu

    In contrast to headlines of gas sniffing and suicide in Labrador, are stories from the Mushuau Innu, a culture rich in humour and spirituality. These stories were recorded in October 2004, in the northern Labrador community of Natuashish. They include a story of how a spirit grandfather takes his grandson on a journey of love and transformation.  CBC Radio's Legends...

    Posted: Nov 06, 2012 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Thursday October 04, 2012

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    Legends of the Eastern Arctic

    The Inuit of the Eastern Arctic explained their world through stories of transformation: a woman wants to meet a man from the moon and journeys there to become a moon wife; Qallupalik, the mythical sea creature, lives under the sea ice and takes small children who ignore the advice of their elders; Lumaajuuq, a blind boy treated unfairly by his...

    Posted: Oct 04, 2012 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Thursday September 06, 2012

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    Legends I: An Inuit Journey

    Ancient stories depicting life and creation from traditional Inuit oral legends, retold, dramatized and recorded in Iqaluit, Nunavut....

    Posted: Sep 06, 2012 12:00 AM ET read comments
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