Elinor Benjamin, Storyteller

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“Keep calm. Be Brave. Watch for the Signs”

Casper Friendly Bear aka Thomas King

 

Cousin Silas and the Moose Woman

This one hour show has been many years in my thoughts, and is now emerging into the light of day. It covers a little Nova Scotia history;  three stories collected and translated from the Mi'kmaq by Silas Tertius Rand (1810 - 1889) the Baptist Missionary, who sought to convert the Mi'kmaq from Roman Catholicism to his faith, and who brought the stories of Glooscap to the English-speaking, world. Included are three songs discovered by "happy accident" during my research on "Cousin Silas", my second cousin, five times removed (on my mother's side), including a sing-along of the once-famous Missionary Hymn "From Greenland's Icy Mountain" - harmony welcome. It was a different time! a time when fewer people knew how heavily the white man's burden was oppressing the world. I dedicate this show to all people who have been forced from their homes and cultures. Nothing changes.

Cousin Silas has appeared at the

St. John's Storytelling Festival Oct 2016
Women for Music, Halifax Oct 2016
Maritime Conservatory for Performing Arts, Sep 2016
Rotary Centre for the Arts, Corner Brook, Mar 2016