Visit the Special Collections exhibit: Indigenous Storytelling from the Lutz Collection

Book containing Indigenous stories

View Indigenous Storytelling from the Lutz Collection, on display on the 7th floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library.

Open books of Coyote stories and Medicine Boy and other Cree tales

About the exhibit

This exhibit features a selection of books from the Hartmut Lutz Collection of Indigenous Literature, donated to SFU Library's Special Collections and Rare Books in 2018.

Indigenous storytelling is a traditional way to pass on the ancestral teachings and knowledge to new generations. The stories provide teachings about Indigenous beliefs, customs, values and relationships, ceremonies and practices. In other words, storytelling is form of teaching and a way to transfer knowledge about ways of knowing and being.

The exhibit selection represents storytelling and their adaptation in Canada and the United States. The display showcases authors from various Nations across the North American continent, but it is not exhaustive. The exhibit also presents stories that were told to and adapted by non-indigenous authors.

Want to learn more about Indigenous storytelling? Check out these resources!


What's on display

The exhibit includes:

2 books on the table: Coyote Stories and Medicie Boy and other Cree Tales

four books on the table including stories of Iroquois, Sto:lo, and Cherokee

Indigenous storytelling books

About the collection

The Hartmut Lutz Collection of Indigenous Literature contains over 1000 books by Canadian and American Indigenous authors and on Indigenous subjects.

Hartmut Lutz is professor emeritus and former chair of American and Canadian Studies: Anglophone Literatures and Cultures of North America at the University of Greifswald, Germany. He is founder of the Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, a research centre for Canadian and American literature studies. Over the course of his career, much of Dr. Lutz’s research has focused on Canadian culture and Indigenous literature.

September through January
7th floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby)
Contact for further information
For further information please contact Special Collections and Rare Books at or Ewa Delanowski at or visit Special Collections.