The Seattle Storytelling Guild joined the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard, in celebrating of Finland's Centennial in 2017 by sharing their national epic story with a Epic storytelling event. Tellers came from as far as California to Canada to tell portions of this little known epic tale. The storytelling on March 25th, 2017 was based on the Heroes of the Kalevala, Finland's Saga by Babette Deutsch, (1940), which was an abbreviated version of Elias Lonroot's original publication, The Kalevala, (1835).
Here is an Album of pictures of the Event.
Stories from the Kalavala: A Seattle Storytellers Epic Event
Listen to the Stories of the Kalavala: (Mp3 Files)
Here are some Articles in pdf form about the Kalevala prepared for the Event:
© 2018 Barry McWilliams and the Seattle Storytellers Guild
- The Songs of the Kalevala An article by Barry McWilliams for In The Wind on how the Kalevala came to be.
- The Kalevala: the National Epic of Finland An article by Barry McWilliams on the Kalevala
- A Glossary of the Main Characters in the Epic, plus articles on the "St Han's Cross" used for the banners and on "Singing the Kalevala"
The Seattle Storytellers Guild promotes storytelling and encourages story enthusiasts as part of a regional and national network of organizations that work to support this most ancient art. Benefits of joining the Seattle Storytellers Guild include: a quarterly newsletter with informative topics for storytellers and listeners; discounts to special events featuring world-renowned tellers and storytelling; and workshops and events for beginners and veteran tellers to improve your storytelling and presentation skills. Go to: seattlestorytellers.org for more information.