For the last 11 years, local, professional and amateur storytellers have gathered for an afternoon of storytelling hosted by Vashon Wilderness Program (VWP). The free, annual event will once again be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Vashon High School theater.
Audience members will have a chance to spin their own tales in the One-Minute Story-thon and in the interactive group storytelling improv games before hearing from the featured storytellers — Paul Che oke’ ten Wagner, Coast Salish storyteller and Native American flutist; and Allison Cox, internationally-known storyteller and founder of the Healing Story Alliance.
Che oke’ ten Wagner presents traditional songs and stories of his Coast Salish tribal ancestors. A member of the Wsaanich (Saanich) Tribe of southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, he is an award-winning Native American flutist, and his songs have come to him with visions of healing and prayer for all relations (tree people, animal people and human people). His CDs are widely used by practitioners of meditation, massage and tai chi.
Islander Cox is passionate about using stories to heal. Founder of the Healing Story Alliance, she authored the acclaimed “Healing Heart” anthologies on storytelling for encouraging international, community and personal development. She’s traveled the world telling healing stories, folk tales and true stories, and offers house concerts around Puget Sound.
VWP Executive Director Stacey Hinden said the storytelling festival is “‘by the community, for the community.’ We invite everyone to participate with their listening heart and courageous voice.”
The event is best suited for ages 4 and older. Doors open at 2 p.m. to purchase snacks and sign up for the One-Minute Story-thon.