Hey Jenni, Sorry for the late response! We've been in retreat mode and actually trying to avoid too much time on the internet "black hole". Hope all is well. Enjoyed meeting you in Hawaii last year too! Hope all is well with you and storytelling. Keep in touch and give us updates from time to time about your storytelling events.
We are currently looking for storytellers, musicians, and dancers and other artists to join our storytelling delegation to China (in Sept 10-26, 2010) .... wanna go? ( www.ethnohtec.org/tours) Think about it... it's a life-changing experience that will open you world view about the Art of Storytelling. Please write back/ become a "Fan" of Eth-Noh-Tec. We'd enjoy hearing from you and your life of storytelling!
Hi Jenni, Noticed your smiling face in Int'l Storyteller and had to send my Best Wishes. It will be a year this July since we told together in Honolulu. Do tell me what you're up to - I still tell weekly in school, with a festival (or two...) in the next months.
Oh yeah, comments disappear if you hit the wrong button. Which I often do ;-D
I grew up on Baba Yaga tales, being as that she is of Ukrainian origin. I'd have to dig up my Estes book, but I believe she attributes these tales to the Russians. Wrong. The Russians weren't a people long enough for this mythology to have developed. BY is an indigenous Ukrainian character. My own Baba (grandma) used BY to warn me to not enter dangerous places. As scary creatures are employed in most cultures! I was also taught to honour her wildness and self-determination in protecting myself as a female.
I was fascinated to find a similar character when I moved to British Columbia. The Salish and Haida people, as well as others, have a female "monster-goddess" named Tzinokqua. She is the wild woman of the woods: a cannibal, a shrieker and the guardian of wealth. Our BC Yeti is similar, but for some reason, always described as male.
I would LOVE to work through the nine tasks and make a Vasalisa doll. At our Vancouver Hallowe'en parade, I was the crow guardian for a 12 foot tall Vasalisa puppet. It felt incomplete, as Baba Yaga was not represented. We did, however, make bird puppets in black, red and white.
Have you had interesting things happen in your life as a direct result of teaching that workshop? That's some powerful mojo, girlfriend!
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