Denise Miller is an international storytelling artist who has spent time as an award-winning local, national, and international journalist, and produced a weekly radio program about the Elders she met on her storytelling journeys. She’s told stories to thousands of students in hundreds of schools, on several continents, floating on cruise ship, white water raft, and voyageur canoe, around a campfire, on a horse drawn wagon, and on trains across the Rocky Mountains.
In this interactive hour share the native perspective the traditional way - through story and drum.
Denise begins with a drum song and engaging information about Canadian Aboriginal people and her own Metis ancestry. Students love to participate in the conversation and stories, and to join in the singing.
Coyote and other tricksters from here and there come and go in this edu-taining hour.
Denise makes storytelling a time of adventure and fun, after all she has been working with story and youth of all ages from K to Post Secondary - for over 25 years!
This is the perfect choice for audiences that include diverse cultural and educational needs; storytelling works!
If you would like to start a tour in your area to save with shared travel costs just let me know and I'll get the ball rolling!
Workshops and Residencies for Youth
To learn to read and write students must develop a good oral language base, yet the skills involved in talking and listening are rarely taught. These skills are an inherent part of storytelling.
The students will develop fluency and confidence in their oral language abilities. They will also learn active and attentive listening skills and visual communication skills. Public speaking skills at an appropriate level will be focused upon.
'My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake,
it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.'
- Louis Riel, July 4, 1885
Community Elder / Youth Storytelling Project
This is a great project for communities with a rich cultural background and who want to engage the youth and the Elders. Storytelling is a natural communication tool that we all can benefit from.
One example is that the chosen Elder is partnered with a youth who agrees to learn a story. Together they present the story in the Native language and then also a translated version.
The stories could be recorded onto DVD, compact disc (CD) and also prepared for printing. This book, DVD, and CD set could develop into a historical resource for the community and they could also be used for fund-raising purposes for the school or community.
A storytelling project like this can go on year after year and become a really valuable addition to not only the community, but the culture at large. If these stories aren’t preserved now, it may soon be too late.
I will be happy to help your community create your version of this traditional generational project!