Fri Aug 15, 6:00 PM Main Stage, Secwepemc Opening Welcome
As a First Nations Performer, Kenthen Thomas captivates audiences with his fascinating retellings of the legends of the Shuswap, his ancesteral land for more than 10,000 years. This is where his late grandmother, respected Secwepemc elder, Mary Thomas, taught him the traditional art of storytelling. Storytelling for the Shuswap people brought entertainment to the families during the long winter nights. It was also a way to keep history alive, teach important lessons, and share amusing anecdotes about all the creatures found on the land. These legends have been passed down through Kenthen’s family for generations and feature the animals, birds and fish that were once integral to the lives of the original residents of the region.