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Teresa Marshall - Mixed Media

Monday, Jun 30, 2008 | 9:36 PM

Location: Truro, NS

"My work is political to some people because I raise issues that many would prefer be repressed, but it's part of our history, how we've survived and changed. It makes us part of who we are today."

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Jeff Thomas - Photography

Monday, Jun 23, 2008 | 6:37 AM

Jeff ThomasLocation: Ottawa, ON

"The most rewarding part of being an artist is providing a new view of the world for my audience - one that raises questions about their own stereotypes of First Nations."

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Legends Project

The History of the Legends Project

Friday, Jun 20, 2008 | 10:07 PM

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Many years ago...

A small team in Iqaluit, Nunavut began a project to record, archive and then produce--as radio dramas--the traditional oral stories of Canada's Inuit and First Nations. These ancient legends and myths were then dramatized and broadcast across the country on CBC Radio Ideas, Sunday Showcase and Tapestry. They were also aired on regional programs in English as well as in their original languages.

And the Legacy continues...

The Legends goals have evolved into meeting the increasing urgency to help First Nations' communities protect and promote their endangered languages. So far, 8 groups or nations have participated; the Project aims to complete 12 by 2012.

By creating bilingual (or in some cases, tri-lingual) compact disks from these productions, we can ensure that the productions live beyond the CBC Radio broadcasts to form curriculum or other language teaching tools. The Legacy Project producers want these unique and fascinating stories to be shared with audiences everywhere.

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The oral histories of our First Nations are part of the foundation of this country. It is time they were heard by all Canadians. The Legacy Production Team works hard to keep the productions true to their cultural origins in tone and accuracy.

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Spotlight

Randy Simon - Sculpture

Monday, Jun 9, 2008 | 9:38 PM

Location: Big Cove First Nation, NB

"What I have found is a lot of stories and legends have been lost. So what I do is, preserve these legends that have gathered through Native Art and sculptures and pass on the Micmac legends."

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Charles Elliot - Coast Salish Art

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2008 | 5:39 PM

Location: Brentwood Bay, BC

"You can't put anything contemporary in your work if you're not aware of your Nation. Do your own art form. If it's Salish, do Salish. Find out what it's about, do what you know out of respect for other nations. "

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