From left to right: Grace Elliott, George Holly, Liana Wallace, Pete Griffin and Patricia Hull were featured storytellers at the Tellebration event held last Saturday.
Pete Griffin and Patricia Hull "confer with the beaver" during the Tellebration event held last Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.
Story last updated at 11/25/2009 - 12:03 pm
JUNEAU - On a snowy evening this past Saturday a crowd gathered around the fire at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to be regaled with tales. The house was full, the fire crackling and the stories enchanting.
Opening the evening's event was Liana Wallace, telling a blend of personal and Tlingit tales. Next, to everyone's delight, came surprise guest George Holly, whose powerful voice filled the hall with song. Grace Elliott told a traditional Algonquian story of compassion and identity. Patricia Hull, this year's "new teller," was alternately poignant and hilarious in telling "The Emperor's Nightingale." Pete Griffin wrapped up the evening, imparting wisdom learned in the natural world.
Tellebration is a worldwide celebration of story, sponsored by the National Storytelling Network. It traditionally happens the Saturday before Thanksgiving and in Juneau is now regularly held at the Glacier Visitor Center. Look for more information about the First Annual Alaska Storytelling Festival, to be held May 1, 2010.