Folktales and Storytelling in Acadie

From HotPress - Aug 2011

From June 15th to October 31st 2011
At the Musée acadien de l,Université de Moncton, New•]Brunswick
The Opening is June 15 th 2011, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
MONCTON, May 17, 2011 – In the making of this exhibition, the Musée acadien is proud to
join forces with the Chaire de recherche McCain en ethnologie acadienne held by Ronald
Labelle and the Centre d,études acadiennes Anselme•]Chiasson,s ethnology archivist Robert
Richard. The exhibition will be open in June and will bring its visitors a better understanding
of storytelling and its evolution from past to present. Since traditional storytelling raises
curiosity in today,s population, it is a great time to present an exhibition that will help
increase knowledge about this thousand year old tradition, through its sounds, texts, objects
and images. W e will first take the example of the popular Cinderella folktale, in order to
learn about where these stories come from and how they have travelled the world.
However, we will mainly learn to appreciate the richness of the Acadian storytelling
tradition. Visitors tradition. Visitors will learn who the great storytellers in Acadie were, what their repertoire
contained and how they exercised the art of storytelling. Visitors will also be able to read or
listen to Acadian folktales and be introduced to the hero “Ti•]Jean”. Finally, the exhibition
shows today,s folktale revival through images and objects that display the popularity of
folktales nowadays both in writing and orally.
The Musée acadien will be offering special events and activities celebrating Folktales and
Storytelling for the duration of the exposition until October 31st 2011.
This exposition is presented by the Musée acadien de l,Université de Moncton, the Chaire de
recherche McCain en ethnologie acadienne and the Centre d,études acadiennes Anselme•]
Chiasson with the support of the New Brunswick government.
Information: Musée acadien
Pavillon Clément•]Cormier
405 avenue de l'Université
Moncton (Nouveau•]Brunswick)
http://www.umoncton.ca/umcm•]maum/
(506) 858•]4088
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