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Barbara Fankhauser

Barbara Fankhauser


From multi-cultural stories to mid-life tales, from traditional favorites to stories from her life, Barbara's love for storytelling began in childhood and has grown into a passion she loves to share. Over the last two decades, Barbara has studied with master tellers and shared her skills in workshops she has offered with other excellent storytellers. She has listened to the riches offered by other storytellers and told her own favorite stories at every opportunity.

In every telling, she has found that the stories that have touched her the most also touched her listeners. Particular favorites include tales of strong and courageous women, tales of men and women dealing with the changes of mid-life and age, animal stories, and tales of wit and whimsy from cultures around the world. Most recently, she has crafted entertaining and touching stories from her own life experiences.

Programs include:

  • Dog Tales: a program of true life and traditional stories about man's best friend.
  • Stories of strong women and plucky girls.
  • Stories from the far corners of the world.
  • Stories from the Celtic and Norse heros and warriors
  • Custom programs for life transitions, including: Coming of Age, Croning Ceremonies, New Beginnings, Mourning Losses, and Celebrations of Life.

Barbara has shared her stories at:

  • Seattle Folklife 2011
  • Fundraising events for Oregon Humane Society
  • Portland Storytellers Guild monthly performances
  • Portland Telebration
  • Portland Grade Schools
  • Spiritual and ritual gatherings
  • Showers, Birthdays and other celebratory events

To plan a story event for your special needs, please contact Barbara Fankhauser!