April 20, 2009
The workshop and performance takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at the Klawock School. Admission is free and all are invited. While he is in Klawock, Tagaban also will do a special presentation for schoolchildren from several Prince of Wales Island communities.
Tagaban shares his wisdom and talent through dance, Native flute and storytelling. He is of combined Tlingít, Cherokee and Filipino heritage. Tagaban, whose Tlingít name is Gaay Yaaw, is of the Tak'deintaan Raven Freshwater Sockeye clan of Hoonah and a child of the Wooshkeetaan Eagle Shark clan of Juneau. Tagaban started dancing when he was 5 years old, and he grew up listening to and learning the songs, dances and stories of Alaska's Tlingít people.
The workshop is funded by SEARHC grant programs that address chronic disease prevention with subsistence food harvesting and preparation alongside traditional arts and wellness. Tagaban will guide participants through the structure and art of storytelling as a celebration of wellness. His teaching blends commentary, comedy, story, laughter, insight, vision, spirit and honor.
"Health is linked to all aspects of a person's daily choices and personal wellness ideals," said Brenda Isaacs, SEARHC Behavioral Health Prevention Specialist. "How people tell their own stories is the basis for all the choices they make each day."
Tagaban's programs emphasize the lessons one gains and how one learns to be a better person through stories. These lessons involve the role of humans in the natural world and the importance of family and lineage in one's own identity. He also will introduce digital storytelling and discuss how it can be used to share stories.
For more details about the
show, please contact Brenda Isaacs at 755-4983 or by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about Gene Tagaban,
go to http://www.genetagaban.com.
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