Languages: English, Xaad Kil (Haida language)
Kung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy) is a Haida storyteller, singer and drummer, from Haida Gwaii. She is also a Haida language teacher, teaching her language to students in Preschool to Grade 5. She has delighted audiences across Canada for 24 years. She has performed at festivals, schools, museums, Aboriginal celebrations, universities, colleges and conferences. Kung Jaadee has just published her first children's book, Raven's Feast. She loves performing stories and singing and sharing her Nation's history.
Balm for the soul, enthralling, highly recommended. Montreal Gazette
You were awesome at school today. You have an awesome singing voice, very talented. Thank you for sharing your rich culture with us. We are truly blessed for the opportunity to listen to your stories. Cissy, Teacher
Kung Jaadee is a compelling storyteller. Her performance weaves together traditional Haida stories, songs, and contemporary Haida life. She will introduce you to a magnificent culture that has survived difficult times and is now being restored to its rightful place. You'll laugh with her, you might cry a little bit, and you will come away with a deeper understanding of the power of art, myth and tradition. Izabella Laba
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 55 - 60 mins.
Capacity: 500+ students, up to 3 presentations per day
Tech Requirements: microphone for larger spaces
Fee Range: $685 - $735 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
I begin my presentations by acknowledging the territory I'm visiting. I'll introduce myself by speaking in my language, Xaad Kil, Haida language, with translation into English. I'll drum and sing a welcome song, then perform a traditional legend. While performing I'm wearing my regalia. If appropriate, I perform my story of how I became a storyteller, which was due to racism I've experienced while only in Kindergarten; I adjust this portion of the presentation accordingly. If students are quite young, I get them up to stretch; as I guide them through some simple stretches, I'll use my language and ask them to repeat after me. I'll perform another story, and then I'll drum a song. Given time, I will share portions of the history of my Haida Nation.