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Kung Jaadee

Discipline: Storytelling
Homebase: Vancouver
Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Vancouver Island Lower, Vancouver Island Mid, Vancouver Island North, Interior, North, Remote, Kootenays, Virtual
Languages: English, Xaad Kil (Haida language)
Themes: First Nations, Inuit, and/or Metis Art
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE

Kung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy) is a professional storyteller, educator and published author belonging to the Haida, Musqueam and Squamish First Nations. For nearly 30 years, she has performed traditional Haida legends teaching universal messages while also sharing personal stories about the history and hardships of her people. She has performed at hundreds of schools and festivals across Canada and is a published author of the children's books, "Raven's Feast," "Gifts from Raven," and two curriculum textbooks, "Haida Nation: Indigenous Communities in Canada" and "We Are Home."


Performance(s)

Haida Stories

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Music, Storytelling
Offered Languages: English, Xaad Kil (Haida language)
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 60 min (incl. Q&A)
Capacity: 500
Tech Requirements: PA, speakers, microphone and boom stand
Available Formats: In Person, Virtual

Lower Mainland
$750
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$775
Vancouver Island Lower
$800
Vancouver Island Mid
$850
Vancouver Island North
$875
Interior
$875
North
$900
Remote
$900
Kootenays
$900
Virtual
$650

In her live storytelling performance, Kung Jaadee will share her telling of a few famous Haida legends about Raven (Yaahl), the creator of the world, and their universal teachings. Enjoy the stories of "Raven Brings the Water," Raven's Brings the Light" and "Raven's Feast." She also shares some traditional Raven songs while using her drum, teaches some basic words in Xaad Kil (Haida language), and shows her traditional regalia. Includes a Q&A to discuss Haida culture, traditions and history. Inquire for flexible pricing for multiple shows/day. This is also available as 6 pre-recorded videos (access for school year), along with a 30-min virtual Q & A for $650 + ArtStarts' fee. She can also do a 60-min virtual livestream performance incl. a Q&A for $700 + ArtStarts' fee.

Squamish Stories

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Storytelling
Offered Languages: English, Xaad Kil (Haida language)
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45-60 mins
Capacity: 500
Tech Requirements: PA, speakers, microphone and boom stand
Available Formats: In Person, Virtual

Lower Mainland
$750
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$775
Vancouver Island Lower
$800
Vancouver Island Mid
$850
Vancouver Island North
$875
Interior
$875
North
$900
Remote
$900
Kootenays
$900
Virtual
$650

In her live storytelling performance, Kung Jaadee will share her telling of Squamish legends popularized by Indigenous activist and poet E. Pauline Johnson's book, "Legends of Vancouver." The legends she'll share may include Siwash Rock; the Two-Headed Sea Serpent; Two Sisters (The Lions mountains); and how the Squamish People Came to Be. Includes a Q&A. Inquire for flexible pricing for multiple shows/day. These stories, with some songs song by Squamish elder Bob Baker, are also available as 9 pre-recorded videos, along with a 30-min virtual Q&A via Zoom, Google Meet or Teams for $650 + ArtStarts fee (access for school year). She is also available for a 60-minute virtual livestream session with Q&A for $700 + ArtStarts' Fee.


Testimonials & Reviews

I strongly recommend Kung Jaadee as her performances are fun, engaging and didactic. She teaches students to appreciate the Haida culture and to live with good moral values through her stories and teachings. Hai Ree Moon, Vancouver teacher
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

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