Flora Zaharia | Atsinikssini: legends of My Kainai People

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Atsinikssini: legends of My Kainai People

by Flora Zaharia

Flora Zaharia is a master storyteller who hails from the Kainaisskashkoyi Reserve in Alberta. In this two disc recording, she tells the traditional legends of the Kainai people from her mother and grandmothers. www.storytellers-conteurs.ca/en/shop.html
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Napi and the Gophers
27:52 album only
2. Napi and the Mice
12:01 album only
3. In Those Days
4:51 album only
4. Our Education
27:52 album only
5. Napi and the Birds
17:28 album only
6. Napi and the Rocks
10:42 album only
7. In the Residential School
2:33 album only
8. The Lost Children
41:19 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
I am Flora Sikotan Zaharia, from the Kainaisskashkoyi Reserve in Alberta, part of the Blackfoot Nation. The Nation is composed of three southern Alberta tribes - Kainai (Blood), Siksika (Blackfeet), Piikani (Peigan); the Aamsskaapipiikani (South Peigan) are in Montana. Each was named by the federal government - Blood, Blackfeet and Peigan - but now go by their own names. All four speak Blackfoot and share similarities, but each has its own distinct social and political identity.

I have learned the traditional legends of the Kainai people from my mother and grandmothers. At 87 years old, I am only now beginning to share legends with people outside of my tradition. It is important to me that other people have a better understanding of our culture and history through these stories. The main figure in the stories is Napi, the trickster who teaches us lessons. I also tell one long story of “The Lost Children,” a very old story that is found throughout the Blackfoot nation. Along with the traditional legends,

I tell about the history and culture of my reserve and my family. I include our residential school experiences in three generations of my family.



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