PUBLISHED: 3:23 PM on Wednesday, May 7, 2008
WISEWOMAN, Lifestyle Balance host Gene Tagaban performances
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) WISEWOMAN and Lifestyle Balance programs will host several special performances of the show "One Crazy Raven" by noted Tling?t storyteller and actor Gene Tagaban. The shows will take place in Juneau, Angoon (co-sponsored by the Angoon Community Association), Klukwan, Sitka, Kake and Klawock during the month of May. Admission is free and all are invited.

Tagaban shares his wisdom and talent through dance, Native flute and storytelling. He is of combined Tlingit, Cherokee and Filipino heritage. Tagaban, whose Tlingit name is Gaay Yaaw, 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 Tling?t 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. In celebration of Native wellness, he will add an inspiring message of health and positive life choices for this performance.

"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.

Courtesy of Gene Tagaban
  Gene Tagaban
The shows and their times, locations and local contacts are:

• Juneau - 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at Vocational Training and Resource Center Ha Kaak Hás Hídi (Our Uncle's House), 3239 Hospital Dr., contact SEARHC Health Educator Cachet Garrett, 364-4092.

• Angoon - 7 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, contact Katherine Duncan of Angoon Community Association, 788-3411.

• Klukwan - 1 p.m., Friday, May 16, at Klukwan Long House, Kaay Ya Haay Yee Hít (A House Like A Mirror), contact SEARHC WISEWOMAN Health Educator Pam Sloper, 766-6367.

• Sitka - 4 p.m., Sunday, May 18, at Sheet'ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi (Sitka Community House), 200 Katlian St., contact SEARHC WISEWOMAN Health Educator Martha Pearson, 966-8783.

• Kake - 7 p.m., Monday, May 19, at Kake High School Gym, contact SEARHC Community Wellness Advocate Georgie Reese, 785-3260.

• Klawock - 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, at Klawock School Gym, contact SEARHC WISEWOMAN Community Wellness Advocate Brenda Isaacs, 755-4983.

For more details about the shows, please call Martha Pearson at 966-8783. For more information on Gene Tagaban, go to