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SPEAKING OUT - Utsän Män – Old Woman Lake

  • National Arts Centre, Alan and Roula Rossy Pavilion 1 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON, K1P Canada (map)

Utsän Män (Reed Lake) is a traditional  story told by Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, member of the Nacho N’yak Dän First Nation.

The title of of this story, is in reference to a place in north eastern Yukon, homeland of the Nacho N’yak Dän. This lake is of historical importance to the people of this region, as it is where tall reeds grew and were cut and fashioned into torches, for night fishing. This story is about a powerful medicine woman who lived at this lake and what occurred when her son was swallowed up by giant jack fish.

Utsän Män is a place of power which holds a story, portraying the incredible resilience, strength and spiritual prowess of Indigenous women, when met with tragedy.

Tickets $22 Regular / $18 Seniors.
Buy your tickets at the NAC Box Office, online, or by phone, 1 (888) 991-2787

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Louise Profeit-LeBlanc is as Traditional Storyteller from the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation (First Nation of the Big River People) in the Yukon. Many of her stories are about the strength and importance of women within the community and their significant role as first educators of children. Her association with many elders has resulted in her gaining the responsibility and honour of becoming a "Story Keeper".

Louise worked as Coordinator of the Aboriginal Arts Office at the Canada Council for the Arts until her retirement in 2013, a position which allowed her to respond to speaking requests from Aboriginal communities, gatherings and festivals, and to many international venues, including Australia, New Zealand, Wales, Germany, Belize as well as many locations in the US and Canada.

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Later Event: September 6
Pre-Swap Gathering