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Monday, January 19, 2015


photo courtesy of Roger Fernandes and VMIHA

Roger Fernandes, or Kawasa, as his fellow members of the Lower Elwha Band of S'Klallam Indians near Port Angeles call him, has strong feelings about how stories should be shared. This tribal historian, artist, and teacher specializing in Coast Salish art, does not believe stories should be trapped inside books.

"The true power of storytelling comes when the moisture of the teller's breath gives life and power to the story," Fernandes says.

Prepare to experience the power for yourself. 

Fernandes will visit Vashon Island on Saturday evening, January 24, to share stories in the way he believes is best, as he presents a special program called "Teachings of the First People." This FREE public event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust building at 10014 SW Bank Road, and will include legends, myths, creation stories, and flood stories meant to bring a sense of Northwest Native American culture to the children and adults who attend and help them understand it better. 

This evening of storytelling is offered in conjunction with the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association's museum exhibit called "Vashon Island's Native People: Navigating Seas of Change," and is sponsored by VMIHA, Humanities Washington and others*. The museum exhibit runs through March 15, 2015, at 10105 SW Bank Road, in the heart of the town of Vashon, but the story telling event takes place only on January 24 at the Land Trust building. 

A trip to the island and an evening of storytelling would be a nice way to spend some quality time with your family and a learning experience that will enrich your own life. To get a taste of the talents of Roger Fernandes, listen to a few tales hereTo see some of his artwork, please click here. And for your convenience, here is the ferry schedule.

For more information~

Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association
10105 Bank Road SW
PO Box 723
Vashon Island, Washington 98070

Additional sponsors are:

Puget Sound Energy
Beth de Groen
Rick's Diagnostic & Repair Service
The Hardware Store Restaurant
John L. Scott Real Estate
Northwest School of Animal Massage

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