Metis historian, Barb Parchman is mentoring under Robin Poitras and New Dance Horizons to turn a story about her Great Grandmother freighting a Red River Cart at age 12 into a dance performance and Metis culture workshop to be performed in summer 2019. This project will include Barb’s release of a children’s book on the same topic.
Barb is currently Curatorial & Operations Assistant at Art Gallery of Swift Current. She is a published writer, storyteller and photographer, receiving her diploma in Applied Photography from SIAST in 2004.
Barb has been immersed in Southwest Saskatchewan culture and heritage for a number of years with her involvement in the Lyric Theatre, Swift Current Museum and Cultural Festivals. Barb develops and delivers programs which preserve, promote and celebrate Metis heritage and culture and contribute to the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She has worked on a number of research projects on the history of Metis in Southwest Saskatchewan.