Storytellers Series: Barbara Nolan

Please Note: Barbara’s 3rd pre-recorded storytelling video, “How the Bear Lost Its Tail”, is posted below.

Curriculum Connections



“How the Bear Lost Its Tail” – Told by Barbara Nolan
Recommended for Ages 4-8 (JK-Gr. 2)

“How the Turtle Flew South” – Told by Barbara Nolan
Recommended for Ages 4-8 (JK-Gr. 2)

“How the Beaver Got Its Tail” – Told by Barbara Nolan
Recommended for Ages 4-8 (JK-Gr. 2)


Updated schedule: This series will launch on Thursday, Oct. 15 and continue on Oct. 21 and 28 at 7PM.

“How the Beaver Got Its Tail” – Oct. 15
“How the Turtle Flew South” – Oct. 21
“How the Bear Lost Its Tail” – Oct. 28

Premiering in October, this brand new Storytellers Series spotlights oral storytelling traditions across cultures. The video series launches with the first of four storytellers, Anishinaabemowin educator Barbara Nolan. Barbara helped create one of the first NSL (Native as a Second Language) programs in Ontario. Her recorded stories, told over three days on Oct. 15, 21 and 28, will be presented in Ojibway with English subtitles. The series will be made available to schools with optional pre- and post-show workshops.

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Barbara Nolan

Nesdotmookiid (“Causer of Language Understanding”)
Barbara Nolan
Barbara Nolan is grateful to have survived the attempts by Canada’s Indian Residential Schools system to take her Nishnaabe language from her. As a vibrant first-speaker of Nishnaabemwin, Barbara has spent several decades working with a variety of organizations to revitalize the Ojibway/Odawa language, her most passionate method is through storytelling. She also delivers presentations on Community Wellness that addresses the impacts of the Indian Residential School System including Healing and Laughter Workshops. Barbara is a proud Nishnaabe-kwe, formerly from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, who now resides in Garden River First Nation.

Program & Study Guide

Performance Calendar


  • Public
  • School and Groups