Rothesay Library will be playing host to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, welcoming Jason Chamakese and Robert Gladue to a Bute audience next week.
As Chamakese and Gladue, these young men have joined their talents to create beautiful music, combining contemporary round-dance songs and generations-old Cree serenading songs with the haunting voice of the flute to create a moving experience for their listeners.
Performing together since 2010, they have had many opportunities to travel to First Nations and non-First Nations communities sharing a positive message through their music.
Storytelling plays an important role in First Nations culture. In the years since they began performing, Chamakese and Gladue have become well-versed at sharing lessons that teach open-mindedness and acceptance through the stories they share with people of diverse backgrounds.
Jason Chamakese comes from the Pelican Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. Devoted to retaining and maintaining his traditional language and culture, he was drawn to the sound of the traditional flute fifteen ago. Drawing on his experiences growing up on the Rez and from the stories and songs of the Plains Cree, his music reflects both his cultural and personal experiences.
Robert Gladue is from the Waterhen Lake Cree Nation. Singing since the age of 16, his motivation for singing is to inspire the youth into embracing and maintaining their cultural ways. He credits the drum for leading him towards a brighter and straighter path.
The event is to be held in Rothesay Library on Wednesday, October 23, at 7pm.