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Paq'tnkek Community Storytelling Project.

Paq'tnkek Mi'kmaw First Nation (pronounced Buck'-in-kek) is a small, welcoming community in northeastern Nova Scotia, along Canada's rugged eastern coast.

Here, as in so many Indigenous communities, storytelling is at the heart of culture and tradition.

It's how young and old alike honour their past while connecting with the present.

In the fall and winter of 2013-14, I was privileged to meet with elders and younger community members.

Working with project manager Rose Lewis and coordinator Sheila Bernard, I invited community members to share stories close to their heart.

We did this using the Cowbird online storytelling platform, which merges audio with simple photography.

Sitting in their kitchens or workshops, our speakers were able to tell stories in their own words, unfiltered by outside media.

It was an honour to meet each one of the storytellers in this collection.

We believe Paq'tnkek is the first Indigenous community in Canada to produce a Cowbird story collection.

For that, we thank our funders, the Government of Canada, which provided a grant and the wonderful people who make up the Paq'tnkek community.

Richard Perry


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