Ânskohk ... Carrying the Story Forward

The Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc., in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, is proud to present this year's 2012 Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 25th to 27th!

This year's three-day event will feature noted writers including Daniel David Moses, Sylvia Tyson, Darren Prefontaine, John Lagimodiere, Louise Halfe, Curtis Peeteetuce, Paul Seesequasis, Marilyn Dumont, and publishing consultant Anita Large.

Beginning on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 6:30 pm with reception, keynote speaker DANIEL DAVID MOSES, host LOUISE HALFE, and featuring other special guests, this year's event will be held in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Annual Conference.  (<--click link to register, and scroll down page until you reach the registration form and payment instructions.  SWG weekend packages include complimentary tickets to the Thursday event; advance tickets are being sold individually for $15. Tickets for Thursday's event may also be purchased at the door for $20.) 

Noted and acclaimed writer Daniel David Moses will present a keynote on writing and voice entitled, "Where Is My Voice Coming From" which can be described as "some truths about my own literal, and possibly literary, place -- in the here and in the heard words of what makes up our broader territory, or territories".


Image details and credit:  First Nations Poster Designer, Visual Artist, Graphic Designer and Photographer Mike Dubois explains the poster images: "Sweetgrass and smudge and it’s parallel to pen and paper;  I chose this image because the smoke from the sweetgrass is never the same. An always changing element from a cultural tool that does not change very much [physically] from person to person [yet is always unique].  Similarities of sweetgrass and pen; every person is given the same tool, but what comes from that tool will be unique and a different experience.  I also thought about the smudge and how we use it to cleanse our minds."
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Ânskohk is currently the only literary festival of its kind in the country showcasing the talent of Aboriginal authors from across Canada, educating the general population about the richness of Aboriginal literacy, and promoting further understanding of Aboriginal peoples.

Previous festivals have featured professional First Nations and Métis writers in Saskatoon for a series of workshops, school visits and special events to promote the diversity of talent among Aboriginal authors in Canada. We were proud to welcome Tomson Highway and over a dozen talented writers to last year's 2011 festival.

The 2012 Festival Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers and participants for making this a most memorable event, and invite you to join us!


 We would like to thank and acknowledge the following sponsors and supporters:

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