For Aboriginal people, storytelling is both a gift and a very old custom, sanctioned by the people to teach, entertain and remember. The University Library is proud to host two events featuring Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette as part of Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month.
Object Stories: Four Objects, Four Stories
February 5th 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Museum collections don't just hold objects; they hold stories: stories in the tiny stitches and stories of people's lives. There are stories of removal, loss, and recovery. There are also lost stories and orphan objects. Farrell Racette has done extensive museum and archival research, with a particular emphasis on the recovery of stories and knowledge. Come listen to the stories objects tell.
Making Stories: Visual Listening, Visual Telling
February 5th 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Primarily a painter and textile artist, Farrell Racette also illustrates children's books, and has collaborated with noted authors Maria Campbell, Ruby Slipperjack, Freda Ahenakew, and Wilfred Burton. She creates narrative objects, and has recently completed a series of paintings based on stories gathered from Métis elders in the Qu'Appelle Valley.
Sherry Farrell Racette is a Métis/Temiskaming Algonquin interdisciplinary scholar with an active arts and curatorial practice. Her work is grounded in story: stories of people, stories objects tell, painting stories, telling stories, and finding stories. She was the inaugural 2016-2017 Distinguished Visiting Indigenous Faculty Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute (University of Toronto) and has recently returned to Saskatchewan, to the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina.
Dr. Farrell Racette's visit is possible thanks to the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples Committee Inc (LSSAP).