Posted by: myrtlecottagefindhorn | October 26, 2010

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival features an event at the Universal Hall in Findhorn this coming Friday October 29th. (

Friday 29th Oct, 7:30 pm

Eastern Routes: Authentic Voices

The Ainu present a major enigma to anthropologists. An indigenous people they mostly inhabit Hokkaido, the Northern Island of Japan, but for five hundred years endured persecution. By the 1900s there was every likelihood that they would die out. Surprisingly the benevolent intervention of a Scottish doctor influenced that outcome. Neil Gordon Munro lived with the Ainu, administered medicine and treated their illnesses virtually free, encouraging the Ainu to have pride in their language. This is an evening to experience Ainu storytelling and its traditional rhythmic accompaniment (with translation), and learn about the Ainu’s historical and cultural connections with Scotland. With Tomatsu Nabesawa, the world’s foremost Ainu storyteller, Shiro Kayano, head of the Ainu of Hokkaido, and Highland tradition bearer George MacPherson.

Sounds like a fascinating evening.

And then you can walk back to the village, with the smell of wood fires burning whisky barrel staves, and the sound of the waves in the Firth, maybe the geese flying overhead in the dark to roost on the Bay.

Myrtle Cottage is available for the weeks of October 29th, and November 5th, for shortbreaks or long stays.

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