VIDEO: Storytelling festival brings Cree culture to Rothesay

Two Cree entertainers visited Bute this week as part of the annual Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Jason Chamakese and Robert Gladue shared the stories and songs of the Plains people of western Canada with audiences at Rothesay Library and at all three Bute primary schools.

Robert Gladue (left) and Jason Chamakese demonstrate the music of the Plains people of western Canada at Rothesay Library.

Robert Gladue (left) and Jason Chamakese demonstrate the music of the Plains people of western Canada at Rothesay Library.

The duo, who have been performing together since 2010 in communities throughout north America and far beyond, came to the island at the start of a short Argyll and Bute tour also including visits to Dunoon and Oban, and their demonstrations of the Cree musical, instrumental and narrative tradition left their audiences fascinated and educated in equal measure.

Jason said: “Traditionally we were a culturae that relied heavily on oral history. Having no written history, stories played such an important, integral role in passing down our culture, passing down our language, passing down our songs, our traditions and cultural knowledge.”