Tales of Wesakechak

Year Published:  1986  
Resource Type:  Film/Video
Cx Number:  CX3068

Abstract:  TALES OF WESAKECHAK is a 13-page series of 15-minute programs based on well-known Cree legends, especially adapted for television and for children. Each tale combines a storyteller with shadow puppets.

Indians of North America were an oral people who did not have a written language, which meant that the art of storytelling was very important. Storytelling was a gift from the Great Spirit. Storytellers needed a gift of memory, creativity, humour and a fine sense of drama.

Some of the legends portrayed are The Creation of the World, Why the Crow is Black, Why the Rabbit Turns White, Why Bees have Stingers, and the Creation of the Moon. A catalogue is available.