SEARHC hosts Gene Tagaban 'Art of Storytelling' workshops

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host Tlingít performer and artist Gene Tagaban for workshops and performances in the “Art of Storytelling” in late-January in Hydaburg, Craig and Klawock.

While on Prince of Wales Island, Tagaban will provide two free community performances — at 6 p.m. Jan. 27, at the Hydaburg School gym and 6 p.m. Jan. 28, at the Klawock School gym. Tagaban also will visit schools in Hydaburg, Craig and Klawock to provide a series of workshops for local students about how to use stories to prevent suicide, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, add healthy foods to diets, reduce television and computer screen time, promote physical activity, prevent bullying and other topics.

Tagaban, who owns RavenDreaming Productions, shares his wisdom and talent through dance, Native flute and storytelling. He is of combined Tlingít, Cherokee and Filipino heritage. Tagaban, whose Tlingít 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 will guide participants through the structure and art of storytelling as a celebration of wellness. His teaching blends commentary, comedy, story, laughter, insight, vision, spirit and honor. Tagaban also is planning similar workshop and performance visits to Petersburg, Wrangell, Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, Juneau and Sitka in early February. Details of those events will be released later, once schedules are finalized.

For more information about the shows, please call SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s and Colorectal Health Programs Health Systems Specialist Becky Koslovich at (907) 966-8936. For more information about Gene Tagaban and his workshops, go to

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