From The Top Of The World To Chicago
What does Chicago have in common with the First Nations communities of the far northern reaches of Canada? Enough to share meaningful experiences and connect through the age-old arts of storytelling, as Uncharted LLC’s co-founders Bruce and Vicki Heyman would tell you. Building upon relationships that the pair made while Bruce was serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017, the organization aims to further connect the two countries through frequent cultural exchanges. One of these exchanges brought Chicago schoolchildren to the far north of Canada to learn from and swap stories with members of the indigenous communities that live there. Now, Canadian storytellers Nelson Tagoona, an Inuk beatboxer and guitarist, and Maatalii Okalik, a former president of Canada’s National Inuit Youth Council, are coming down to Chicago to share their stories with Bruce, Vicki, a group of Chicago artists and Worldview’s own Steve Bynum at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ upcoming event, ‘What’s Your Story? Connecting Chicago to the Top of the World,’ at 5:30 today at the Chicago Council’s conference center at 130 East Randolph Street. Nelson, Maatalii, Bruce and Vicki join today’s show to unpack the parallel traditions of storytelling that open up space for cultural exchange between countries and peoples.