Indigenous storywork for performance, practice and pedagogy

Jo-Ann Archibald Q'um Q'um Xiiem, Jenny Lee-Morgan and Jason De Santolo - IIRC20
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

This presentation extends on the work of two previous books that introduced the concepts and practices of Indigenous storywork (Archibald, 2008; Archibald, Lee-Morgan, & De Santolo, 2019). The first book, “Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit” exemplified seven principles that constitute a theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical framework for Indigenous storywork: respect, responsibility, reverence, reciprocity, holism, inter-relatedness, and synergy. The second book, “Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology” focused on the decolonizing and methodological aspects of Indigenous storywork in three countries: Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australia. This collection also demonstrated the wide-range of applications of Indigenous storywork used for research in many different disciplines, contexts, and educational levels.

The proposed presentation will draw upon the understandings that the three presenters have gained through their respective experiences of using Indigenous stories and Indigenous storywork. Each will focus on how Indigenous stories and ways to work with these stories through storywork, may influence performance/creative arts, technology, professional practice, and pedagogy through their community-based research. The innovative nature of Indigenous storywork will weave together community-based stories from Aotearoa, Australia, and Canada.

The three presenters as Indigenous storyworkers will share their stories. Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem, First Nations- Stó:lō and St’át’imc of Canada, will provide an overview of the seven Indigenous storywork principles. She will also highlight both traditional and life-experience stories that have guided her storywork practice in education. Coyote the Trickster may join in the telling at times. Jenny Lee-Morgan, Waikato-Tainui, will focus on the pedagogy of purakau, a local Maori storywork narrative that is consciously creative and purposeful. Jenny will share some creative purakau approaches used in research projects, including innovative digital (Maori language) purakau to stimulate our younger learners. Jason will present on Warburdar Bununu (Water Shield), a filmmaking project and storywork performance that expresses the resonant shielding qualities of guardianship and resurgence.

Jo-ann Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Jenny, and Jason will also discuss the benefits and challenges of engaging in international co-operative Indigenous storywork amongst themselves and others. This workshop will begin a new international scholarly project that focuses on Indigenous storywork for performance, practice, and pedagogy.