Shamans & Storytellers
Back in February, I posted about an event presented by the Vancouver Society of Storytellers. One of these storytellers was Kira Van Deusen, who brings to professional storytelling and music a background which includes a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Cornell University and an MA in Folklore/Ethnography from Antioch University. She has done extensive research with indigenous people in Siberia and the Russian Far East.
Her fascinating website relates her explorations into Siberian folk tales and their storytellers, musicians and shamans. She writes: Storytelling in Siberian societies is very closely linked to shamanism [and] can act as a healing. Kira van Deusen’s site offers many links to explore and learn about this mysterious part of the world.
I enjoyed this online exhibition from the Museum Centre Vapriikki in Tampere, Finland: Shamans – Secret Life of the Peoples of Siberia.*
*Sadly, link has expired.