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Famous puppeteer coming to Wadena

Julie Broada from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre of Minneapolis.

A Minnesota theater icon is making an appearance at the Wadena City Library in January. Julie Boada from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre of Minneapolis, brings her hand-created puppets and story to the library Thursday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m. This free show, "Coyote Stories," offers many stories with many lessons from the Native American story tradition.

In "Coyote Stories," Nimisee the clown will tell some favorite trickster tales. Drawing from the stories of the Assiniboine of the Great Plains, the Aztecs of Mexico and the Okanagun and Salishan of the Great Basin; Coyote is a hero, a creator and a self-centered showoff with a kind heart. At a time when so many things cause us to weep, Coyote brings us laughter, nurtures our spirit and reminds us to celebrate life.

Since 1973, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre has been using water, flour, newspaper, paint, and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence. Drawing inspiration from the world's traditions of puppet and mask theatre and its lively roots in transformative ritual and street theatre, HOBT creates vital, poetic theater for all ages and backgrounds.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's art and cultural heritage. Wadena City Library will bring more Legacy Programs to the community like David Treuer, Minnesota Ojibwe author, and Kent Scheer, toymaker and woodcarver. Watch for more information.