Tagaban to perform in Southeast this month

Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2008

Noted Tlingít storyteller and actor Gene Tagaban is scheduled to perform his "One Crazy Raven" show throughout Southeast Alaska beginning Tuesday, May 13, in Juneau.

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) WISEWOMAN and Lifestyle Balance programs are hosting the performances.

Tagaban blends commentary, comedy, story, laughter, insight, vision, spirit and honor in "One Crazy Raven." 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.

Tagaban is of combined Tlingít, Cherokee and Filipino heritage. His Tlingít name is Gaay Yaaw, and he is of the Tak'deintaan Raven Freshwater Sockeye clan of Hoonah and a child of the Wooshkeetaan Eagle Shark clan of Juneau. He started dancing when he was 5 years old and grew up listening to and learning the songs, dances and stories of Alaska's Tlingít people.

"One Crazy Raven" will be performed at 7 p.m. on May 13, at the Vocational Training and Resource Center in Juneau.

The show will also be performed in Angoon at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall; in Klukwan at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Klukwan Longhouse; in Sitka at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at the Sitka Community House; in Kake at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 19, at the Kake High School gym; and in Klawock at 6 p.m. on May 21 at the Klawock School gym.

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