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Telling stories on Blackcomb By Oona Woods Usually the kind of stories told on the hill revolve around big air, gargling pow and sharp carves, but now there's another form of myth on the mountain. Carolyn Hachey takes up residence on Blackcomb, in the log cabin near the castle, off the Catskinner Chair, every Wednesday, to tell stories to children. The sessions run three times a day and start at 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The venture is now in it's third week and Hachey says the feedback has been wonderful. She has concentrated so far on re-telling native legends and creation stories. "Right now I'm telling stories about Mother Earth and Turtle Island. About how it all began. There are lots of different stories about Turtle Island. That was the land mass before the continents split. It is a story retold throughout the Native Nations. It is wonderful to be able to re-connect with Mother Nature and come back down to grass roots. It's about souls, spirits, nurturing and understanding so it's great to share these with people. It's wonderful to share them with children." Hachey says there are 13 circles on the back of the turtle and this relates to the 13 moons which in turn connects to the 13 feminine parts of out nature and the 13 original clan-mothers. Within the symbols there are a myriad of tales to be told about the universe. She also plans to cover the Standing Tree People. These are stories about the tree beings who, like humans, are connected both to the earth and the sky. Eventually Hachey would also like to tell the Avalon stories. The Knights of the Round Table, Lady of the Lake, Glastonbury, Merlin and King Arthur will all be brought to life on the hill. Hachey is joined for the readings by drummer and wicked skier Jeff Holden. He is adding Mother Nature's heart beat, reports Hachey. "I'm so excited about this," says Hachey. "It was great the first time we appeared together, it was very powerful." Hachey and Holden hope that the momentum of the readings will snowball into bigger productions as the season progresses. In the meantime all ages are welcome and parents are encouraged to bring their children to hear the stories. "It's like when you revisit Disney as an adult," says Hachey. "It brings you back to when you were a child. I'd love it if the parents came up. These stories reach all ages."

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