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Aboriginal stories can be absolutely hilarious

October 19, 2007

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Mired in the digital and academic worlds? Break out of your routine and join award-winning Aboriginal storytellers Eden Robinson and Richard Van Camp Sat. Oct. 20, 2–5 pm at SFU’s Burnaby campus.

SFU film student Kelvin Redvers, a First Nations Student Association representative who conceived the event, says: “The storytelling world is a holistic, spiritual one and can also be absolutely hilarious. It’s far away from the usual Euro-centric world in which we always find ourselves.” Which, he says, makes it the perfect antidote to our everyday routine.

Storyteller Richard Van Camp (above), of the Tli Cho Nation in the Northwest Territories, teaches aboriginal creative writing at UBC. His book, The Lesser Blessed, written at age 19, received national and international acclaim and awards; his book, Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns is distributed as a free gift to new babies through the Books for BC Babies Initiative.

Haisla writer Eden Robinson’s first novel, Monkey Beach, was nominated for both the Governor General’s award and the Giller Prize; her first book of short stories, Traplines, was editor’s choice in the New York Times.

The event is free but seats are limited. For information contact aboriginalstorytelling@gmail.com
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