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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 6, 2002 - Issue 58


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Multicultural Storytelling and Drumming Festival


Hand Drum(Anchorage, AK) - Stories and rhythms from around the world will fill the Alaska Native Heritage Center during the New Trade Winds Multicultural Storytelling and Drumming Festival April 13 and 14, 2002. Storytellers from Alaska, Hawaii and Massachusetts, and a wide array of drummers and percussionists will perform throughout the two-day festival. Storytellers from each state will present traditional stories from their respective cultures. In each case, the stories have a connection to drumming.

Tlingit storytellers Steven Johnson and Diane Benson will debut a retelling of Kaax Ach Gook, a Kiks.adi story of a great Tlingit hunter: "The One Who Sailed Away." The story features contemporary staging, and drumming accompaniment by Steven Alvarez (Apache). Storytellers Woody Vanderhoop and Tobias Vanderhoop will present traditional Wampanoag songs, stories and drumming from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Completing the triad, storytellers Noelani Tashera, Keoni Kuhoi and Kanoe Wilson will share traditional Hawaiian tales.

Drummers and percussionists slated to perform include John Damberg and the UAA Percussion Ensemble, Colony Calypso, Hector Ortiz's Latin Percussion, and Kicaput drummers and Dancers. Additional performers will share the rhythms of Samoa, Japan and Africa. A variety of workshops will also be offered, including sessions on hula dancing, African hand drumming, and Latin percussion.

Performances begin at 12:30 p.m. and continue to 6:00 p.m. each day. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 16 to 7. Children six and younger receive free admission. For a complete schedule of events and performers, visit:

New Trade Winds is an ongoing partnership between the Heritage Center, the Bishop Museum of Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts. The program conceptually reconnects the old shipping and trade routes between Alaska, Hawaii and New England through collaborative efforts, such as the Storytelling and Drumming Festival.
Each participating organization shares aspects of its collections and programs to help expand the understanding and Worldview of the others.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is open year-round as a gathering place to celebrate, perpetuate and share Alaska Native cultures; it is a place for all people. It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage, just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For information about other events, programs and facilities, visit:

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