Kung Jaadee

Kung Jaadee is Roberta Kennedy’s traditional Haida name. It means, ‘Moon Woman,’ given to her by her cousin Crystal Robinson. She is a Haida storyteller, singer and drummer. She has performed for hundreds of audiences across Canada as well as parts of the United States for 25 years at: festivals, schools, museums, libraries, universities, Aboriginal celebrations and conferences. She was born and raised on Haida Gwaii, the Land of the People (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands). She has returned to Haida Gwaii after living away for 26 years in various parts of Canada including: the Northwest Territories and Winnipeg, where she served as Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba, in the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. She is currently teaching Xaad Kil, Haida language to primary students at Chief Matthews School in her village of Old Masset. Her stories tell of a time when the animals taught us how to be true k’ongee angaa, dear people.

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