Rudy Black Plume, Iitsikiitsapoyii (Standing On Top Alone)
Crowfoot Library (2021)
Throughout the Americas, the "Trickster" character appears in some form within every culture. Trickster stories are integral in Indigenous cultures, as they teach us about right and wrong. They are full of adventure, humour, wisdom, foolishness, generosity, and greed, and always end with a lesson being learned.
The Trickster comes in many forms: for the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot), he is a man; for the Tsuut'ina, he appears as either a coyote or raven; for the Îyarhe Nakoda, he is a spider; and for the Nêhiyawak (Plains Cree) and Métis, he is a rabbit. Within Siksikaitsitapi understanding of the Trickster, he is the creator of the landscapes within our territory.
His stories give us knowledge of how to live off the land in a way that secures the continuity of our sacred medicines and food sources. Trickster Tales seeks to empower the Treaty 7 community by highlighting Indigenous storytelling as an essential element to understanding Indigenous ways of knowing.