First Friday Book Signing Features Traditional Tlingit Stories

    There was a special book signing at Juneau's First Friday event on October 6, 2017. Frank Katasse adapted traditional Tlingit stories for a pair of books called, "The Woman Who Married the Bear," and "The Woman Carried Away by Killer Whales". The illustrator, Janine Gibbons, was also on hand to sign the books.

    There was a special book signing at Juneau's First Friday event on October 6, 2017.  Frank Katasse adapted traditional Tlingit stories for a pair of books called, "The Woman Who Married the Bear,"  and "The Woman Carried Away by Killer Whales". 

    News of the North caught up with Katasse at the Sealaska Heritage Institute Walter Soboleff Building.

    Katasse says he has heard many adaptations of "The Woman Who Married The Bear" and had many different stories in his head.  He read some new versions of the stories and benefited from Sealaska providing more versions.  Katasse complied them all in a story-telling sense. In the book a grandpa is telling the story to his two grandkids, which Katasse bases on his own Dad.

    The illustrator, Janine Gibbons, was also on hand to sign the books.  Gibbons is displaying original artwork used for the books at the Walter Soboleff Building.  The gift shop in that building has the pair of books available for sale.

     

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