Stories with Michael & Gerry Kusugak at Saturday Studio
Bookfest, Mid-Island Métis Nation Association, Literacy Central Vancouver Island & Nanaimo Art Gallery's Art Lab
WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 10 am - 12 pm
WHO: Ages 5-12
WHERE: Art Lab, Nanaimo Art Gallery, 150 Commercial Street
COST: $12 per child | $20 for two siblings
DETAILS: Supplies included | Registration required
Saturday Studio partners with Vancouver Island Children's Book Festival to host storyteller Michael Kusugak and his wife Gerry. In Inuit culture, storytellers learn their craft by listening to stories told to them as children. These stories are ancient and compelling, told over and over again changing slightly with each teller's telling. Michael was introduced to the stories by his grandmother while he was traveling by dog team living in igloos and sod huts in the arctic circle. Gerry will help bring these stories to life with items from a traditional Inuit culture that can be seen and touched.
JOIN THE FUN AT BOOKFEST AFTER SATURDAY STUDIO!
After Saturday Studio with Michael & Gerry ends, join the fun (and free!) activities in Diana Krall Plaza. You can also attend the 3rd session of the day for only $5/per child (accompanying adult is free)! Check our schedule to see which presenter you'd like to see!
3rd SESSION TIME: 1:30 pm
COST: $5 per child
TICKETS: Contact us directly at email@example.com to order your tickets ahead of time or pop by the ticket booth in Diana Krall Plaza on the day to see what is available.
Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak is a gifted and mesmerizing storyteller. In Inuit culture, storytellers learn their craft by listening to stories told to them as children. These stories are ancient and compelling, told over and over again changing slightly with each teller’s telling. Michael was introduced to the stories by his grandmother while he was traveling by dog team living in igloos and sod huts in the Arctic Circle. He weaves these stories with stories of his life, a life of rapid change and adaptation. Michael’s storytelling will transport you to another world.
Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak was born in 1948 in Qatiktalik (Cape Fullerton), NWT (now Nunavut). In the fall of 1954, Michael went to Chesterfield Inlet and so began another kind of nomadic life, this time not in pursuit of seals, walruses, whales, caribou or fish but education. Today, Michael lives in Rankin Inlet, on the west coast of Hudson Bay. He writes books for children and travels, telling the stories he heard when he was little.