In this section we offer additional videos of teaching artists Knowledge-Keepers involved in the First Voices project. For educators who want to dig deeper into the content, these may be useful to share with students.
Ruthie Shoulderblade and Alaina Buffalo Spirit
(N. Cheyenne / Knowledge-keepers & storytellers)
Video 01: The importance of language
Video 02: Why is storytelling important?
Video 03: Why Is the Tsèhésenèstsestotse Story Meaningful to the Northern Cheyenne People?
Sammy Jo Bird
(Blackfeet/ Visual artist and Rodeo champion)
Video 01: What is the importance of the project?
Video 02: Sammy Jo discusses her inspiration for the painting she created for Tsèhésenèstestotse ("The Big Dipper")
Chontay Standing Rock
(Chippewa Cree / Musician & composer)
Video 01: Chontay discusses collaborating with artists and students from different tribes as part of this project
Video 02: Chontay discusses the impact the project has had on him personally
(Artistic Director, Thresh / Project Leader "First Voices")
Video 01: Preeti discusses the use of hand gestures and shadows in the storytelling