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A speech by Arthur Dick, Esket community member, about language loss and encouraging people to learn the Secwepemc language. Arthur said, “I know the challenges we have in our communities, but it’s always going to be there. So we continue to pray and hope for better things for our people. It’s always important to do what you can. And if you have a chance to interpret for the Elders, do that... and you’ll start learning. ”

Yecweminte Song

Animal Song by Floyd Dick

Song for Peace by Willard and Arthur Dick

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Ken Thomas, Neskonlith community member, performs Day and Night during the Secwepemc Storyteller Festival hosted by the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society. Day and Night is a Secwepemc creation story about Bear and Coyote and how they invented day and night time. The Secwepemc people have many creation stories about Coyote traveling the earth to make things better for people.

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Song & Dance Video Presentation

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Ethel Billy, Lawrence Michel, and Cam Louis sing the Yecweminte Song during the Secwepemc Storyteller Festival hosted by the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society.
The songs, dances, ceremonies, and stories of the Secwepemc people are a traditional part of daily life. The Secwepemc word “yecweminte” means to ask the Creator to take care of something. In this particular song, the singers are asking the Creator to
take care of our families.

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Willard Dick, an Esket Elder, tells the Coyote and Geese story during the Secwepemc Storyteller Festival hosted by the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society. The Secwepemc people have many creation stories about Coyote traveling the earth to make things better for people. Coyote, also known as Trickster, played many bad tricks on people and animals. In this particular story, Coyote invites the Geese for a celebration and, in the end, they become his dinner.

 

Coyote and Geese Story

Day and Night by Ken Thomas

Summary - (Duration: 3m 30s, Size: 17.3Mb)

Floyd Dick, Esket community member, sings a song about animals and birds in the Secwepemc Territory. Floyd is also a Secwepemc Language Teacher at the Skelep School of Excellence. This song is a good way to teach children about coyote, deer, moose, grizzly bear, hummingbird, chickadee, and loon.

 

Mole and Raven Story

Summary - (Duration: 1m 39s, Size: 9.6Mb)

The songs, dances, ceremonies, and stories of the Secwepemc people are a traditional part of daily life. During the introduction of this particular song, Arthur Dick said: “The words say, ‘Creator help us. We are, in a sense, poor. We have all these resources around us… yet we don’t have a whole lot but we have our spirit, we have our culture… We need to somehow come together as a people.”

Encouragement Speech by Arthur Dick

Summary - (Duration: 3m 28s, Size: 11.3Mb)

The Mole and Raven Story is told by Donna Antoine, a Secwepemc Elder from the Splatsin First Nation, in the Secwepemc language and then translated into English. The songs, dances, ceremonies, and stories of the Secwepemc people are a traditional part of daily life. This story follows a Secwepemc teaching to listen to your Elders.