Author, storyteller coming to Parksville

Michael Kusugak will be at The MAC on Friday to tell stories about his life growing up in the north

The popular storytelling series, Tales for the Telling, Stories for Adults, joins the McMillan Arts Centre to celebrate First Nations culture on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m

Author and storyteller, Michael was born in Qaktiktalik (Cape Fullerton), Northwest Territories (now Nunavut) on the west coast of Hudson Bay.

He was raised in Repulse Bay, right on the Arctic Circle, where people lived in igloos in the winter and tents in the summer. His family traveled by dog sled, hunted and fished, and built igloos and sod huts wherever night found them.

The stories he heard every night, falling asleep in the flickering light of a qulliq (a soapstone seal oil lamp) became the stories he now tells as he travels around the world sharing the world in which he was raised.

Audiences young and old, children and adults, are always delighted to hear Michael’s stories, including the stories of Kiviuq, the Inuit’s great heroic questing equivalent of Odysseus. He has also authored many books including A Promise is a Promise, Baseball Bats for Christmas, and The Littlest Sled Dog.
The doors open at 7:00 and tickets are $12 at the door or $10 for Oceanside Community Arts Council members.  Advance tickets are available at the McMillan Arts Centre (133 McMillan St., Parksville).

— Submitted by The MAC