Sacred Stories and Sacred Songs by Joseph Naytowhow


At the Saskatoon Elders Gathering in January 2020, Joseph Naytowhow shared stories and songs with the accompaniment of the drum. Naytowhow is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, voice and stage film actor, from Sturgeon Lake First Nation. He was invited to share Cree stories and songs at the Saskatoon Elder’s Gathering, hosted by First Nations University of Canada. Naytowhow beautifully weaves stories from his experiences with songs that he has written or has come to know and, in doing so, leads participants in singing and chanting along in Cree. He reminds us that, “we are from the Earth, and the land is our mother.”

Acknowledgement Protocol

Please read this Acknowledgement before the start of this video to respect the knowledge that is being shared and the Land of the People where the knowledge originates:

We respectfully acknowledge the original lands of the Indigenous Peoples of Treaty 4: Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota, Dakota, Lakota and Treaty 6: Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, and Dakota whose language and songs are shared by Elders and Knowledge Keepers. As well, we acknowledge the homeland to many winged, four-legged, crawling, and water creatures.

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Creative Team

Name Role/Job Title Place
Joseph Naytowhow Elder, Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller Sturgeon Lake First Nation, SK
Alina Perrault NCCIE Video Editor Regina, SK
Steffany Salloum NCCIE Videographer, Community Research Associate, and Website Manager Saskatoon, SK

This video is about:

Weaving stories, songs, and drumming from Sturgeon Lake First Nation
in: Sturgeon Lake First Nation, SK

Video Details

Length of Video 19:22 minutes
Is there content in this video that is inappropriate to show young children? No


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