Legends of the Shuswap

Legends of the Shuswap

The Secwepemc People of British Columbia = R-Stseptékwles R-Secwépemc Te British Columbia

Audiobook CD - 2006
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The Shuswap area in south-central British Columbia has been home to the Secwepemc people for thousands of years. Shuswap is the anglicized name. The Secwepemc nation is an alliance of 17 bands and they speak a dialect of the Salishan language: Secwepemctsin. This language is no longer in common use. To record these legends, the team relied on Doctor Mary Thomas, a Shuswap elder in Salmon Arm, and a small Secwepemctsin immersion school in the nearby community of Adam's lake. Along with Mary Thomas, students and teachers at Chief Atahm School became the source, and the characters in these once often told legends of lessons and values fundamental to the Secwepemc people. The Following Legends are included: The Spider: the story of how the first man on earth needed to learn how to live: to eat and survive, by watching the creatures already created. The Bear and Coyote: the two animals who fought over creating a balance between light and dark, night and day. The Muskrat: a lesson of being kind to everyone, and the hard outcome of choosing to be nasty. The Chacha: the story of how the first chickadee was created and a reminder in every chickadee's call of how to treat your siblings. The Sucker Fish: the creator made the sucker fish one of the most beautiful creatures in the lake, but instead of using his gifts for good, the sucker fish suffered the consequences of his arrogance. The Bear's Tail: the story of how trusting the advice of tricky coyote has a lasting effect on bear's appearance. The Secwepemc Legends are Part 4 of a CBC radio legacy project that aims to preserve the rich indigenous language and stories by recording fluent elders. These bilingual productions are recorded entirely in the communities using local talent natural sounds. Also in the Legends series are Inuit Legends, Inuit Legends Vol. 2, and Legends of the Mushuau Innu: People of the Barrens Vol. 3 as listed in the back catalogue.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ont.] : CBC Audio, [2006]
Copyright Date: ℗2006
ISBN: 9780660194721
Branch Call Number: CD 398.20971 LEG
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (approximately 2 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.


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