Hai kur mamášu čis, or “I want to tell you a story,” is how the Yagán (or Yámana) people of southernmost Patagonia used to refer to their story-telling.
Hai kur mamášu čis is the time when the birds used to be humans, and perhaps also the time before there was an understanding of all that exists, of even ourselves. The deeds in these stories – the values and anti-values, the tricks and heroic actions – all lead to the transformations, to the idea of some sort of beginning.
Hai kur mamášu čis is ancient wisdom, stories passed down orally since the beginning of time by the ancestors, and passed down today through the voices of the grandmothers Úrsula Calderón and Cristina Calderón.
The grand launch of the book took place at the de Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco in September, with tour dates following across the country through winter 2013-2014:
San Francisco, September 6th, de Young Museum of fine arts, event info
Toronto, November 14th, Ben McNally Books, event info
New York, November 18th, Explorer’s Club, event info
Regina, November 22nd, Sakewewak Artists’ Collective, event info
Calgary, November 25th, Shelf Life Books, event info
Vancouver, November 27th, Banyen Books, event info
Los Angeles (Santa Ana), January 25th, 2014, Bowers Museum, event info
Nanaimo, Sunday April 13, Harbourfront Library 2pm
Port Alberni, Monday April 14, Char’s Landing, 8pm
Tofino, Wednesday April 16, Darwin’s Café, 8pm
Seattle, Saturday April 26, Barnes & Noble Pacific Place, 2-6pm
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