University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Save the date for 2018!

March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Rae Ann Kumelos Ph.D.

A Greek and Scotch-Irish heritage means myth is in the DNA, so through a fabled life that included a flute scholarship to Northern Arizona University, a decade in the Fortune 50 world of marketing, a creator of jewelry sold in galleries around the country, and a galactic hostess under brilliant New Mexico night skies, Rae Ann’s passion for myth culminated in a Ph.D. and two Masters’ in Myth and Literature. Now, as a college professor in her home state of California, she has fun teaching, what else? Myth. Studying for all those graduate degrees, she focused on her other passion, animals, and found the best myths are about her furred, feathered and finned friends; their timeless stories are shared on Voice of the Animal, a radio show broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. Her ancestors would be pleased. Rae Ann’s beloved cats, dogs, birds, a desert tortoise and all the wildlife around her home certainly are.

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Scheduled events:
Rae Ann Kumelos and Jan Taylor
Wild Wisdom: Animal Stories of the Southwest RECENTLY SELECTED AS A NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE HOLIDAY GIFT PICK! Delightful, humorous, and poignant, Wild Wisdom enchants readers with vivid and vibrant animal stories from Native American tradition. Native American animal stories embody a living tradition based on a mutually beneficial relationship with the natural world - one that continues to resonate to this day, and one that many of us long to experience. Animals add love, guidance, and joy to our lives. These uplifting stories will entertain and inspire, while celebrating the beauty and importance of the animal/human relationship. From Coyote telling us what not to do by doing it, to Hummingbird s healing hum, to Turkey saving Thanksgiving for everyone but himself, Wild Wisdom captures the connection we all have, regardless of who we are or where we live, to Native animal wisdom of the Southwest.

Rio Nuevo / Rio Chico Publishers, Booth #236 (Seats 1)
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Author: Rae Ann Kumelos
Author Pavilion - Children's Books
Author Pavilion - Children (Seats 4)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Authors: Rita Goldner, Marie Joy Cancelled, Rae Ann Kumelos, Jody Mackey, Lee Mullins Cancelled, Debbie Sahlin Cancelled

Wild Wisdom: Animal Stories of the Southwest
Children / Teens
Rio Nuevo Publishers
August 2016
ISBN 1940322103
Hardcover, 104 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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