Donate


Newsletter


Connect with us

ArtStarts in Schools Logo

Kung Jaadee

Discipline: Storytelling
Homebase: West Vancouver
Languages: English, Xaad Kil (Haida language)

Kung Jaadee is a professional storyteller, educator, author, singer, drummer and dancer belonging to the X_aayda (Haida), x?m??k??y??m (Musqueam) and S?wx_wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations. For nearly 30 years, she has performed traditional Haida legends teaching universal messages about loving ourselves and others, while also sharing personal stories about her clan's survival of the smallpox epidemic and the history and hardships of her people. She has performed at hundreds of events, schools and festivals across Canada and is a published author of several essays, short stories, textbooks and children's books, including her popular books Raven's Feast and Gifts from Raven.


Reviews

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

Performances & Workshops

NEW SHOW: "Stories of My People" available for 2020-21 School Year

Raven's Feast

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 mins + 15 min Q&A.
Capacity: 500
Tech Requirements: Microphone, boom stand, PA, table and chair
Fee Range: $745-$895 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)


Haida storyteller Kung Jaadee shares her popular published children's book, Raven's Feast, and shares the teachings that go along with it: each of us has a gift to share with the world, and we should also learn to love ourselves and others. She uses her rattle, drum, and songs to enhance her stories, usually alternating by telling a story, then singing and dancing to a traditional song while also teaching X_aad Kil, the Haida language. After her performance, she will facilitate a 15-30-minute Q & A to share about her regalia, culture, traditions and history. For multiple shows in a day for smaller groups or low-income schools, please inquire for flexible pricing.

Stories of My People

Grade Suitability: Grades 4-9
Duration: 60 mins + 30 min Q&A
Capacity: 500
Tech Requirements: Microphone, boom stand, PA, table and chair
Fee Range: $745-$895 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$700.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$700.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$750.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$750.00
Vancouver Island North
$750.00
Interior
$850.00
North
$850.00
Kootenays
$850.00

Kung Jaadee's new theatrical storytelling performance, involving dancing, drumming and singing, is a moving personal account weaving together stories about her clan's survival of the smallpox epidemic, the impact of residential schools, the birth of her children and her cathartic journey of coming back to her roots through storytelling. During her career as a storyteller and teacher, she has healed and reconnected with her culture, language and people and has had the opportunity to share Haida legends teaching universal messages about love, community and self-respect. Kung Jaadee helps students become interconnected and find commonality through sharing our legends, history and personal stories even though they are vastly different. After her performance, she will facilitate a 30-minute Q & A to share about her Haida regalia, culture, X_aad Kil (Haida language), traditions and history. For smaller groups, multiple shows or limited budgets, please inquire about flexible pricing.

Browse Artists on Tour Directory