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Contact No Contact: The Space Between Nations
A Gathering of Personal Contact Narratives

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For the past year Geist has been working with Randy Fred (founder of Theytus Press) to collect contact stories.

“Contact” is a term used to indicate initial encounters between Indigenous peoples and European explorers, and carries a special charge in accounts of North American history.

Contact stories are personal narratives from Indigenous and settler contributors of how “contact” appears in our lives. For instance, what happened the first time you came into contact with another culture? Who was the first person you met from another culture? When was the first time you became aware of your own culture?

Contact stories are accounts of a beginning: in this sense they are all genesis stories and belong to the myths that shape our world without our full awareness of that shaping.

We all have a first contact story. We now have a place to put these stories, where they can live together and add to our understanding of the notion of contact. The stories we have collected so far live at

We’d like you to share with us your personal contact story, in writing (200 words) or video (2 minutes).

A few interesting ones we’ve gathered so far:

To submit, or find out more visit


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