Tagaban shares his wisdom and talent through dance, Native flute and storytelling. He is of combined Tlingit, Cherokee and Filipino heritage. He 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 Tlingit people.
In his "One Crazy Raven" show, Tagaban blends commentary, comedy, story, laughter, insight, vision, spirit and honor. The show features song, dance, music and masks as Tagaban shares contemporary and traditional Native American stories. Since February is National Heart Month, he will add an inspiring message of heart health and positive life choices for this performance.
"Heart health is linked to all aspects of a person's daily choices and personal wellness ideals," said Martha Pearson, SEARHC WISEWOMAN Program Health Educator. Gene'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.
The SEARHC WISEWOMAN program is part of a national cardiovascular health campaign for women funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WISEWOMAN - which stands for Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation - is designed to provide any woman age 30-64 of limited income or insurance access to health services so they can delay or prevent cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. These services include clinical screening and follow-up for cardiovascular risks and support for making lifestyle changes to support heart health.
Contact the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program at 1-888-388-8782 (toll-free in Alaska) or go to http://www.searhc.org/womenshealth/ with questions about support and eligibility in your community. For details of specific National Heart Month activities in Sitka, please call Martha Pearson at 966-8783. For more information on Gene Tagaban, go to http://www.genetagaban.com.