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Stories from Siberia: Storytelling Performance with Bonnie Marshall and Kira Van Deusen
Free with Museum admission. No pre-registration required.
Storytellers Bonnie Marshall and Kira Van Deusen will present a performance of Siberian stories from their book Far North Tales: Stories from the Peoples of the Arctic Circle (Libraries Unlimited, 2011).
Siberian myths and folk tales are disappearing with modernization and the assimilation of indigenous peoples into the dominant Russian majority. It is thanks to collectors, recorders, and translators that some stories have been preserved for the English-speaking world to enjoy.
Siberian stories are filled with the adventures of bird and animals, such as the tiger, wolf, and mouse, as well as the adventures of nature spirits. Come take a journey with Kira Van Deusen and Bonnie Marshall into the strange and fascinating, but rarely glimpsed, world of Siberian folklore.
Bonnie Marshall is an award-winning author, teacher, storyteller, and folklorist based in New Hampshire. She specializes in topics pertaining to Russian, Arctic, Balkan, and Armenian cultures. She has attended several teacher and research exchange programs in Russia and has done extensive fieldwork in Russia, collecting songs and anecdotes there. Bonnie’s diverse career has also encompassed teaching Russian language and literature and English in high schools and universities throughout the United States and Russia. She currently serves as a museum teacher at the New Hampshire Historical Society’s Museum. Bonnie wrote and narrated the Museum of Russian Icons’ family audio tour, funded by MassHumanities.
Kira Van Deusen is a professional storyteller based in Vancouver, Canada. She delights listeners with adventures in worlds we do not see with the eye, accompanied by her evocative original music. Her stories ring with authenticity, coming directly through the oral tradition.
In the early 1990s she began traveling in Siberia and the Russian Far East, recording and then telling stories from indigenous peoples. In 2004 she traveled in the Canadian north, recording the Inuit legend of the great shaman-hero Kiviuq. In recent years Kira has been fascinated by the Silk Road and particularly Persian stories. She has performed widely in Canada and the US since 1991. Her web site is www.kiravan.com.
After their program, Bonnie and Kira will be available to sign books. Far North Tales will be available for purchase in the Museum shop ($40; Members receive a 10% discount).
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