Ruth Stewart-Verger was born to a
storytelling family, thus learned her art in self-defense. Her first
love is for stories of people, their struggles and their triumphs! She
has told across Canada, from coast to coast to coast, in the mountains,
on the prairies, throughout Ontario's woodlands, in schools, libraries,
community halls and festivals.
Ruth has fallen in love with tales of
Canada's historical heroines. In 2002 she delved into history and
became enamored with the story of Marie-Anne Lagimodiere. Diving into
the National Archives, the Manitoba Archives and the Hudson's Bay
Archives, bringing together information from diverse sources Ruth
created a storytelling tapestry that was performed beneath a large
painting of voyageurs racing the rapids. People in the audience were
wiping away tears as the last words and the last notes faded away.
In 2003 Ruth performed the story of Emily
Murphy as part of the 11th Annual National Storytelling Conference. Her
setting was unique and appropriate. Beside the Peace Tower, and the
statues dedicated to the Famous Five while rain fell and lightning
cracked Ruth performed her moving piece to a hundred storytelling
professionals from all across Canada.
She has since reworked and recorded both the
Marie-Anne Lagimodiere and Emily Murphy stories on CD's.
Besides the historical tellings, the
literary stories and the traditional tales, Ruth is also an
accomplished String teller. Ruth was inspired by author and folklorist
Camilla Gryski, and Jane Smith (a teacher and librarian) through
workshops, books, and research.
Ruth Stewart-Verger has taught hundreds of
children (grades 1-6) and adults the tactile pleasure of weaving many
figures into a tale.
As well as at festivals, professional
conferences and training conferences, and in schools, libraries,
community centers, Ruth Stewart-Verger has been asked to perform for
the Finnish Embassy in Ottawa, the Yukon International Storytelling
Festival and for the Cape Breton Storytelling Symposium in Nova Scotia.
She tells stories to a wide range of audiences: from University faculty
and alumni, to professional groups, to preschool children. Each
audience requires a different story and different approach. Ruth's
repertoire is divergent and eclectic.
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