A storied weekend

Everyone likes to hear a good tale, whether it’s a traditional legend from long ago or something that happened just yesterday.

Everyone likes to hear a good tale, whether it’s a traditional legend from long ago or something that happened just yesterday.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the 20th annual Yukon International Storytelling Festival that kicks off tonight.

Ida Calmegane will be giving the opening prayer Friday evening at the Yukon Arts Centre.

Calmegane is the youngest daughter of Angela Sidney who helped found the festival 20 years ago.

Calmegane learned story-telling from her mother and now tells Carcross Tagish First Nation tales.

Internationally renowned storytellers from across Canada are also coming to regale Whitehorse with their anecdotes.

Stories will be told not only through words but also through song and dance.

Siqiniup Qilauta from Iqaluit, Nunavut, will be presenting Inuit performances.

Jeanne (Doucet) Currie, from Nova Scotia, will be singing a lively mixture of Acadian and French songs.

And Scott McQueen from Yellowknife will be back with more of his dog-mushing stories.

All of the local favourites will be in attendance as well.

For more information and event schedules go to the festival website at www.storytelling.yk.net.

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