Trickster traditions: A collection of interactive story-games for exploring Indigenous storytelling

Utilizing the open resource program Twine, this collection is a ready-to-go, fun, and educational resource to learn about Trickster Tales and the way they’re told through Indigenous Storytelling. The sharing and transmission of Indigenous Sacred Stories is a complicated matter, struggling against the multitude of stolen or miscommunicated stories recorded without Indigenous Peoples’ permission. Centered around Napi, the trickster figure of the Indigenous Peoples of Southern Alberta, these story-games are adapted from Napi Legends (2017) told by the late Willie Whitefeathers, a Kainai Elder. The Indigenous trickster figure does not come one-size-fits-all, nor are they merely a narrative archetype to connote the “Indigenous”. Tricksters are Sacred cultural figures and heroes who represent and communicate the culture, laws, and histories of the Indigenous Peoples within the context of their specific locations.

Mary Anderson (she/her) is an MLIS candidate at University of Alberta. With a Bachelor of Arts in English (Honours) and a love for online digital humanities, Mary is always seeking to understand how people consume and learn from digital media.