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Indigenous Storywork in Practice

Jo-ann Q’um Q’um Xiiem Archibald

2021 Canada

Jo-ann Q’um Q’um Xiiem Archibald has worked closely with Elders and storytellers, who shared both traditional and personal life-experience stories, in order to develop ways of bringing storytelling into educational contexts. Indigenous Storywork is the result of this research and it demonstrates how stories have the power to educate and heal the heart, mind, body, and spirit. It builds on the seven principles of respect, responsibility, reciprocity, reverence, holism, interrelatedness, and synergy that form a framework for understanding the characteristics of stories.