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Raven Causes Mischief: Ancient Haida Stories

Sharkhouse Productions, Masset, BC

Posted: 07/8/2011 8:52 AM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/13/2011 10:59 AM | Updates

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Kids Venue, to July 24

Kung Jaadaa, a.k.a. Roberta Kennedy, is a striking figure as she takes to the stage in traditional red and black Haida garb, which includes a cape with "raven" spelled out in sequins on the back. She exudes a dignity and gravity that underline the stories she tells about the creation of the world in her family-friendly presentation.

The central tale is about how Raven the Trickster brought light to the world. According to Haida legend, Raven became involved in a tug-of-war between with an eagle over a ball of light that broke apart, with the larger piece becoming the sun and a smaller shard the moon. Between stories, Jaadaa bangs out a beat on her hand drum and sings in the Haida language.

Jaadaa, who served as storyteller-in-residence at the University of Manitoba in 2010, creates beautiful scenes in the imaginations of listeners young and old about a time when the animals were mankind’s teachers.

-- Kevin Prokosh

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Raven is causing trouble again!

Kung Jaadaa tells traditional Haida stories from the northwest coast of BC. Her stories tell of a time when the animals taught us how to be true haada laas (good people). They were our sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers. We understood them because they already knew the secrets of life.

Recommended For: Family Friendly

Length: 45 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $5 Kids (12 & under)

Warnings: None

http://www.sharkhouse.ca/

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Updated on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM CDT: Adds review

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