An enchanting modern folktale on the value of working together…a Reading is Fundamental Top Pick.

On a full-moon night in Alaska, a traditional native totem pole magically comes to life. The Grizzly, Beaver, Frog, and Raven all stretch and scratch and voice their relief at being free at last. But then the first dawn light appears on the horizon, and the totems have to reassemble themselves in the proper order before morning. Who should be on top of whom? Can wise Raven reason with these contentious creatures?

Totem Tales has its own sound track!

Each song is a theme for one of the animal characters in Totem Tale. Click on a song. Spring, LEAP, twirl, SLAP, swoop, and Wriggle to your heart’s content! Try to guess which animal goes with each song.

Written and performed by Terry Hunt at Mountain Sound Digital Media for a theatrical production by the Methow Valley Community School. Terry hopes to inspire you to create your own totem dances as you explore Vanasse’s book.


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