June 19, 2001 – Storytelling and other oral traditions of the Virgin Islands will be the focus of a "Pass It On" presentation Thursday at the V.I. Cultural Heritage Institute.
Lois Hassle Habteyes and Gilbert Sprauve, both practitioners as well as scholars of the oralture tradition, will share their expertise as well as favorite stories.
This is the second program in the institute's series on the art and craft of storytelling. While Habteyes, a St. Thomian, and Sprauve, a St. Johnian, have doctorate degrees and have written learned papers on the territory's oral traditions, "don't think that this program will be just an academic discussion," a release from the institute states. "These two are brilliant storytellers and musicians. It will be a fascinating and enlightening program for all."
"Pass It On" is a V.I. heritage preservation project that is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and supported by the V.I. Humanities Council.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The institute is located on lower Kongens Gade, also known as Education Street, across the street from the "White House." For further information, call the institute at 774-9537.

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