Robbinsdale Area Schools

Photos: district winter storytelling event was held Jan. 12

Photos: district winter storytelling event was held Jan. 12

Robbinsdale’s American Indian Education team hosted a winter storytelling event Jan. 12 at FAIR School Crystal. Winter storytelling events are important elements of Indigenous culture, and one of the ways stories and history are shared among native people, especially children. Check out our photo gallery to see highlights from this year's event.

The evening started with a prayer by Joe Sutherland before the meal, provided by Powwow Grounds, of chicken and wild rice, four sisters soup, frybread, and wojapi, which is a berry pudding.

Sutherland, who is from the Oji-Cree Band of Constance Lake First Nations, was also the first storyteller, and he shared that storytelling is a medicine for Indigenous people, and when stories are shared using Native American languages, they’re able to keep our traditions and culture alive.

Beth Tepper, Rdale’s director of Achievement and Integration, who is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said Sutherland also told those in attendance “when we use our gifts with our mind, body, and spirit we can manifest things in our life. Our seven grandfather teachings are what we hold close to us during this time.”

The second storyteller, Alfred Seaboy, who is from the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and White Earth Ojibwe, shared songs to accompany his stories. Different tribes often have their own creation stories, and wintertime, when medicine is covered by snow, is when the Dakota people tell their stories. 

According to Lessons of Our Land, a curriculum resource that teaches the Native American story of our continent from historical to modern times, “to have a storyteller tell you a story is like receiving a gift.”