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Fairy tales, legends, love poetry - Indian reading in the planetarium
Münster (lwl). Fairy tales, myths and poems reflect the relationship between the native American Indians and nature and are the subject of the planetarium of the Westphalian Museum of Natural History in Münster from February to May. On February 21st Beate Reker will read from "Two old women" by Velma Wallis in the planetarium of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) at 7.30pm. Further Native American stories follow every third Tuesday of the month, in March "How the raven stole the moon", in April "I heard the owl, she called my name" and in May "I mixed sand and stars".
The author Velma Wallis received the Western States Book Award for her book "Zwei alten Frauen". Since then it has been translated into 17 languages and sold millions of times. Valais, itself of Indian origin and brought up in the traditional values of its people, belongs to the tribe of the Athabascans. In "Two Old Women" she tells of betrayal, courage and the will to survive. The legend has been passed on from generation to generation, the author heard it herself from her mother.
It is the story of two old Indian women from a nomadic tribe high in northern Alaska. In a severe, cold winter, the group is ravaged by a great famine. The Indians have to leave their camp, move across the country and look for food. As the tribal law provides, the chief decides to leave two old women as useless eaters in the icy wilderness. But the amazing thing happens in the icy wasteland: the two old women do not give up. They reflect on skills that have long been believed to be forgotten.
The exhibitions "Prairie and Plains Indians" as well as the "Indians of the Northwest Coast" are currently running in the LWL Natural History Museum and present Indians who live completely differently than the clichés that have shaped films and literature.
Tickets at a price of 3.50 euros are available Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Westphalian Museum of Natural History, Sentruper Str. 285, Tel. (0251) 591-05 or from Münster Information, Tel. (0251) 492-2714) can be acquired.
03/21/2006 How the raven stole the moon - Indian tales and myths read by Beate Reker.
04/18/2006 Margaret Craven: I heard the owl, she called my name. Manne Spitzer is reading it.
05/16/2006 I mixed sand and stars - Indian love poetry. Beate Reker and Manne Spitzer will read it.
Westphalian Museum of Natural History
State museum and planetarium
Sentruper Strasse 285
Frank Tafertshofer, phone: 0251 591-235 and Bianca Knoche, phone: 0251 591-6066
The LWL at a glance:
The Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) works as a municipal association with more than 18,000 employees for the 8.3 million people in the region. The LWL operates 35 special schools, 21 hospitals, 18 museums and two visitor centers and is one of the largest German donors of aid for people with disabilities. It fulfills tasks in the social field, in the disabled and youth welfare, in psychiatry and in culture, which are sensibly perceived throughout Westphalia. He is also committed to an inclusive society in all areas of life. The nine independent cities and 18 districts in Westphalia-Lippe are the members of the LWL. They support and finance the regional association, whose tasks are shaped by a parliament with 125 members from the Westphalian municipalities.
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