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Mnidoon Giizis Oonhg / Yiyikopiwi-pisim

Mnidoon Giizis Oonhg / Yiyikopiwi-pisim

Once the fall chores are done and the snow comes, it’s time to share sto­ries. Sto­ry­telling has been a way of both pass­ing the time and pass­ing on knowl­edge dur­ing the cold, dark win­ter nights for thou­sands of years. As the next Win­nipeg win­ter sets in, Poet Lau­re­ate Dun­can Mer­cre­di has assem­bled a group of artists who will gath­er at the West End Cul­tur­al Cen­tre to con­tin­ue this tradition.

The event promis­es to be to be an evening to remem­ber, with poets, singers and sto­ry­tellers from across Win­nipeg. Mer­cre­di has giv­en the event two names, Mnidoon Giizis Oon­hg (Anishi­naabe: Lit­tle Spir­it Moon) and Yiyikopi­wi-pisim, (Cree: Frost Moon) in acknowl­edge­ment of the time and the tradition.

Artists tak­ing part in the evening include Ronel Ama­ta, Rosan­na Deer­child, Eliz­a­beth Den­ny, Ariel Gor­don, Trevor Greyeyes, Hetxw’ms Gyetxw, Yelani Peris, Chimwemwe Undi, Jen­nifer Waytiuk, Jor­dan Wheel­er and David Williamson. It is host­ed by writer, film­mak­er and broad­cast­er Kim Wheel­er, who is well known to nation­al audi­ences for her work with CBC, Canada­land, and as the host of The Kim Wheel­er Show on Sir­iusXM’s The Indi­gi­verse.

The event takes place at the West End Cul­tur­al Cen­tre on Wednes­day Novem­ber 30. Doors open at 7:00 and the per­for­mance begins at 7:30. Tick­ets are not required but masks and proof of vac­ci­na­tion are.