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The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Hosts Native American Storyteller, Anne Jennison, during September’s Super Stellar Friday

Concord, NH—Native American storyteller, Anne Jennison, will share riveting Abenaki stories about the sky at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center on Friday, September 8. The storytelling performance will happen during the Discovery Center’s Super Stellar Friday event where the Center is open extra hours every first Friday of the month from 6:30-9:30 PM with special programming.

Beginning at 7:00 PM, Anne will share a few Abenaki storytelling traditions to place the stories in cultural context. After that, you will be taken on a spell-binding and entertaining journey through a series of traditional Native American stories that explain everything from “Sky Woman and The Earth on Turtle’s Back” to “How Bear Kept the Sun From Rising” to “How Hummingbird Put the Stars in the Sky”, and more.  These stories reflect ancient Native American ideas about the relationship between Earth, Sky, the Plant People, the Animal People, and Human Beings. Each story has a compelling narrative, but also some subtle – and some not so subtle - life lessons!  Prepare yourself for an interactive storytelling experience filled with humor, drama, and moments of wonder! Anne will be available after the performance to chat informally with audience members.

Anne Jennison is a New Hampshire-based storyteller who comes from countless generations of folks who’ve lived in the Northeastern Woodlands. But Anne’s worldview - and “voice” as a storyteller – has also been shaped by having lived in such far-flung places as Kansas, the

Philippines, Maryland, Ohio, Massachusetts, France, and Germany as well as the New

Hampshire Seacoast. While Anne is a “dyed-in-the-wool” New Englander with both European and Abenaki heritage (Metis) who comes from a family with a strong oral tradition, she has also had rigorous training in her art form. With Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and in History,

Anne brings a wealth of knowledge - polished by 30 years of experience as a performing

storyteller - to her retelling of timeless Native American stories. Anne is a member of the Seacoast Storytellers, the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance, and the Northeast Storytellers (formerly known as LANES).

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Our evening's feature presentation begins at 7:00 PM, followed by an optional Tonight's Skyplanetarium show. Doors close at 9:30 PM. Recommended for ages 8+.  Our all-inclusive price for Super-Stellar Fridays: Free for members, $11.50/Adults, $10.50/Seniors & Students, $8.50/Children; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on Super Stellar Fridays and other events, check out: https://www.starhop.com/current-and-upcoming-programs/.

About McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a full-dome planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. For more information on the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, visit starhop.com.

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