The Hero's Journey

Healing Circles writer Roger Fernandes (University of Washington) is from the Lower Elwah S'Klallam reservation located on the Olympic Peninsula. An educator for 30 years, Fernandes has developed the structural model for our curriculum project which is using Hero's Journey stories to teach people health and wellness. He especially acknowledges elders as that primary source of guidance saying, "It's a very important aspect of the journey."

"You need an elder to guide you - to help you to figure things out. In the story, Elder appears to help you. "And so that's the hero's journey of transformation - of transforming from one person who's alone, confused and wandering into a person who has a place in their culture and has an understanding of who they are."

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Comments on Video One:
History of Lower Elwah storyteller and artist Roger Fernandes:

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featuring solutions from Roger Fernandes:

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with Roger’s introduction to The Hero’s Journey:

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with Roger sharing “The Little Boy Who Became A Bear":

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The Hero’s Journey:

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Little Girl Who Was I-i-esh:

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Coyote and the Tree:

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Slapoo the Witch Woman:

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The Boy Who Became a Bear: