Come to Orcas Island this summer for the 3rd Orcas Storyfest.


Experience the Fine Art of Storytelling!

Aug 4th- 8th, 2009

Eastsound, Orcas Island, Washington

This storytelling festival will feature Eshu Bumpus, Motoko, Olga Loya, Doug Banner, Anneleise Kamola, John Clancy, Antoinette, and Eth-Noh-Tec with Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo. These professional artists, local, regional and nationally acclaimed tellers of diverse global cultures will take you on a magical journey of compassionate listening. It’s oral. It’s aural. It’s the best images between your ears with stories to take to heart!

Sponsored by generous donations from individuals, small businesses, and Friends of the Library, and organized by Eth-Noh-Tec, this festival takes place in a number of community locations:

Aug 4, 1:00pm

“Wisdom, Wit and Wily Ways”: Throughout the ages, around the world, stories of have guided the listeners, cajoling and cautioning the audiences to learn from the mistakes of others: the foolish, the arrogant, the misdirected. Heroes and heroines, tricksters and rogues all can be great teachers on this road of life. Come and listen to this delightful afternoon of tales. Admission: Free. Senior Center, 62 Henry Road, (360) 376-2677

Aug 5, 6:30pm

“Pajama Tales”: It’s cozy listening to folk tales and fun with your family. Come in your “jammies” and get all snuggled up for hearing of fairies, magic spells, the fool-hardy, the animals that talk…and be the people that listen! These storytellers will take you on a journey of the imagination! Bring the kids of all ages (recommended ages 5 and up). Orcas Library, 500 Rose Street, (360) 376-4985

Aug 6, 7:00pm

“Listening to the Heart of the World” will be a PowerPoint slideshow of the Asian storytelling delegations lead by Eth-Noh-Tec: India, Singapore and China. Is it possible for people to transcend language, race and ethnicity and centuries of misinformation–and come to a sense of connection and unity? What would be a common ground that could bring these desperate communities together? Come, listen, and watch this presentation and see how one international storytelling might be the answer. Admission: Free. Orcas Library, 500 Rose Street, (360) 376-4985

Aug 7, 1:00pm

“Telling From the Family Treasures”: special workshop presented by Doug Banner. Using found objects, family heirlooms, old photos and memorabilia from one’s life, Doug will conduct processes that will bring voice and recollection to faded images and sounds locked in memory. This will be the source for great storytelling. Bring a favorite and special object to work with and be prepared to tell the stories within. Admission: Donation (sliding scale): $5-$25. Senior Center, 62 Henry Road, (360) 376-2677

Aug 7, 9:00pm

“Ghost Stories”: Time for ghoul seeking, chain-rattling, howling and screaming along with the sounds that go BUMP IN THE NIGHT! These stories, spooky and spine-tingling, will yank at your nerves and claw at your heart as the storytellers cast their spells from the shadowy stories of various traditions. Suggested ages for children 7 and up. Suggested bring blanket or lawn chair as it will be an outside evening event. Admission: Free.

Aug 8, 8:30pm

“World of Stories”: This final concert will being the “world” to Orcas island with tellers giving voice to the tales from the peoples and cultures of the Four Directions: Africa, Asia, America, Europe. Featured tellers will be Eth-Noh-Tec (Pan Asian American), Motoko (Japanese), Eshu Bumpus (African American), Antoinette Botsford (Metis First Nations / French Canadian), Olga Loya (Mexican American), Doug Banner (World tales). Each bringing their unique universes of storytelling into one world! Admission: $10. Orcas Center, 917 Mount Baker Road, (360) 376-2281.

For info about the festival: 260-376-8705 or

All events are in Eastsound; and are free except the final full concert at Orcas Center – for tickets call 360-376-2281

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