What's in a Story? Keeping a Story Alive Without Writing

Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

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Thursday, May 19
11 AM 

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Storytelling is central to many Indigenous cultures especially within the Pacific. Join us for a lively presentation about how people across Moananuiākea (the vast Pacific) kept account of their surroundings and histories without ever having a written language. Join Samoan storyteller Kiana Fuega to learn how different fagogo (fables) and tala o le vavau (myths and legends) from islands like Samoa, are important to the oral traditions of passing on information from one generation to the next.

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Kiana Fuega is a Samoan educator and storyteller.  She was raised in the diaspora with roots in the villages of Olosega, Manu'a and Leone in Amerika Samoa.  Her work focuses on the use of culturally-centered approaches toward education and community engagement, including the use of oral traditions to teach parts of history.  Kiana is a fellow of the National Pacific American Leadership Institute and completed her degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington where her interests were focused on Indigenous anthropology and decolonization.