Hello classmates and fellow bloggers! Welcome to my digital learning and interactions space.
I am a storyteller; a writer. I am a fourth year literature major at UBC. This blog will be used to record my journey into ENGL 470A Canadian Studies. I am looking forward to the communication of classmates as we begin to explore the relationships between literature and storytelling in both its modern and historical aspects. I am personally taking this course in the hopes of adding flesh to my bare-bones understanding of identity. My own identity is limited to that of being Canadian–I do not know my ancestral history or their stories. However, I was born on Canadian soil, and I believe I should know the stories surrounding the land I call my home. This, and my claim to being a writer myself, has led to my interest in this particular course.
One aspect I find interesting, and hope to examine in this course, is the deviation in the methods of storytelling between European and Indigenous peoples. Or, more specifically, written and oral documentation of history. Oral history, while being much more organic and malleable than written history, is far more fragile. It seems of particular importance to examine this form of storytelling due to the threat Indigenous languages face. This threat is not only of relevance to the preservation of stories and history, but to identity. It is easy to interpret identity as something restricted to a past setting, and this mind-set has led to tensions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. In reality, history is an ongoing experience and has a lasting impact on shaping peoples lives and cultures that is still relevant today. In order to interact and navigate with other cultures in Canada, we must first learn.
I look forward to a summer of insight and understanding with all of you!
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