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Tcha Tee Man Wi

March 6-8, 2014
Tenth Annual Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival
Corvallis & Albany, Oregon

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What is storytelling?

  • Storytelling is an ancient art form used for millennia to transfer culture and information through the generations. During the last 30 years, it has undergone a revival in America and is being recognized as entertainment as well as for its cultural value.
  • What is a storytelling festival?

  • A celebration for adults and children
  • Tales, anecdotes, yarns, fables, myths, first-person accounts, legends, oral histories...
  • The sharing of stories in performances, and the sharing of telling techniques in workshops
  • An appreciation of diverse cultures, eras, and traditions
  • What Does Tcha Tee Man Wi mean?

  • Tcha Tee Man Wi (pronunciation cha TEE mahn wee) is Calapooian, meaning "place where spirit dwells." It is the original name of what is now called Mary's Peak.
  • Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival History ~

  • The Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival began 2003 as the a longtime dream of Joyce Greiner, storytelling artist in residence and founder of Wonderkeepers Storytelling Guild. Bruce Marbin, Director of the Corvallis Montessori School, had that same dream. When he and Joyce connected through the Corvallis Arts Center, the first Tcha Tee Man Wi was a great success. Local libraries and arts organizations became involved as producers, and for nine years the Festival brought nationally known storytelling performers to the Albany and Corvallis areas, helping those communities to also discover their own important stories.
  • Circumstances caused the Festival to go into hiatus for two years. But the dream and excitement of storytelling could not be stilled. In 2013, Wonderkeepers took over the management and production of the Festival from the former board, and began planning the 2014 Festival. The National Storytelling Network serves as the Festival’s fiscal agent, providing sponsors and supporters the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions to help us share the magic of storytelling with our communities. Wonderkeepers has begun the application process to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
  • How can I help the festival?

  • The festival is run by volunteers. For months, we work on planning, publicity, fundraising, and a million logistics. During the festival, we host, usher, fetch, and go-pher. We welcome your talents and energy - please contact Wonderkeepers and let us know you are willing, able, and availabile. You can also spread the word and tell stories to keep the art alive!
  • How can I get involved in storytelling?

  • Those interested in becoming involved with local storytelling are encouraged to join the Wonderkeepers to share stories. Come to listen or talk. This is a safe place to practice and hone skills. For more information, contact Wonderkeepers.


    Sponsors and Supporters

    The Wonderkeepers Storytelling Guild would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for the 2014 Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival:


    Our Much Appreciated Anonymous Donors

    Benton County Cultural Coalition
    Benton County Cultural Coalition

    Albany Public Library
    Albany Public Library

    Corvallis Public Library
    Corvallis Benton County Public Library

    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis

    National Storytelling Network
    National Storytelling Network

    Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
    Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center

    Albany United Presbyterian Church



    If you would like to join us as a sponsor of the Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival,
    please contact the WonderKeepers Storytelling Guild


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