Artists Tap Into Their Memories

Artists Tap Into Their Memories

This week, I visited Johanna Young’s class in Concord. Her 35 adult students are from Bhutan. We came to get their help with spot illustrations to complete a bilingual Nepali English folktale. Ambika Sharma, our interpreter, read the story in Nepali and from the story we created a list of words – parts of the … Continue reading

“This I Think is Quite Hard”

“This I Think is Quite Hard”

Book designer, Susan Gaylord, and I go to the home of Dal Rai, the illustrator of the Bhutanese Nepali-English folktale we are producing. It is October 7, the day of a Hindu festival. Dal’s neighbor tells us that the festival is about cooking and eating, and all your family comes together. In our few hours of work on the folktale, … Continue reading

Yellow Garlands and Preeti Files

Yellow Garlands and Preeti Files

Selling Fruit and Garlands for the Diwali Festival by John Pavelka/Creative Commons Narad Adhikari listened to the storyteller Hari Tiwari on tape as she told The Story of a Pumpkin, the story we selected in our Bhutanese-Nepali folktale project. He read the tale interpreted into English by Nilhari Bandari, which I had transcribed. Then he composed the story in Nepali … Continue reading

The Next Life of a Wedding Sari

The Next Life of a Wedding Sari

Storyteller Hari Tiwari and Ambika talk about the design in Ambika’s sari Hoo – ray to artist Susan Gaylord who’s joined Dal Rai, Hari and Ambika Sharma, me, and many others in the NH Humanities Council Bhutanese-Nepali Book Project. Susan is now the book designer. She created a  book dummy with the text of The Story of … Continue reading

Book Arts Tuesday/Bhutanese-Nepali Folktale Project

Book Arts Tuesday/Bhutanese-Nepali Folktale Project

I am thrilled to be working on the Bhutanese-Nepali Folktale Project, which is part of the The New Hampshire Humanities Council statewide literacy initiative called Connections. The project’s goals are: to create a bilingual picture book that supports English language acquisition of new Americans from Bhutan, to preserve a traditional tale in the mother tongue, and to … Continue reading

The Bhutanese Folktale Project on New Hampshire Public Radio

The Bhutanese Folktale Project on New Hampshire Public Radio

Sam Evans Brown produced “An Oral History Project for New Hampshire’s Bhutanese Community” for NHPR. Through my work with the NH Humanities Council, I’m continuing to record folktales told by new Americans from Bhutan. Recently, we recorded in a Laconia neighborhood with the Jogi family and Jenna Carroll-Plante of the Laconia Historical Society. The neighborhood is on … Continue reading

Listen to More Storytellers from Bhutan

Listen to More Storytellers from Bhutan

Mon and her daughter dressed formally for the occasion of  remembering stories. Bishnu’s clever fox appears in his story “The Poor Man and the Fox.” In Jo Radner’s folktale workshops with Bhutanese refugees, storytellers explained that many of the stories were told during long hours of work. The longer the work, the longer the story. … Continue reading

Bhutanese Storytellers Stun us With Stories

Bhutanese Storytellers Stun us With Stories

Laurie Lalish, teacher, and Jo Radner storyteller and folklorist ESOL teacher Laurie Lalish, storyteller Jo Radner, and I welcomed students in Laurie’s class in Laconia, NH. This gathering is momentous for our Nepali-English picture book project of the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The students are from Bhutan, and Jo asked them, through our interpreter Nilhari Bhandari, … Continue reading

Doko Radio

Doko Radio

Transom.org is a showcase and workshop for new public radio run by Jay Allison who produces the radio series, “This I Believe”. In Transom.org’s August newsletter, I read about Doko Radio in Nepal. At the NH Humanities Council, we’ve read Ed Young’s retelling of the Nepali tale, I, Doko with many Bhutanese immigrants. A doko is a basket to carry … Continue reading