Incan stories, music and art celebrated Saturday

An evening of storytelling, music and art celebrating Incan life will be held at the Mariposa Museum on Saturday beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m.

Original illustrations by Peruvian painter Angel Callanaupa from the storybook “Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu — Folktales and Stories of Inca Life” written by Elizabeth Conrad VanBuskirk will be on exhibit.

At 7 p.m. poet David Weinstock will read several stories from the book including “The First Hair Cutting” about an Andean child’s coming-of-age ceremony, and “Ice Mountain,” recreating a village’s pilgrimage to its sacred peak.

During and between stories, musician Armando Zarazu will perform traditional Peruvian compositions on guitar, mandolin, charango (a small lute) and quena, a wooden flute.

Weinstock is a poet and writing coach in Middlebury, Vt. He conducts the Otter Creek Poets workshop of which Elizabeth VanBuskirk is a longtime member.

Zarazu performs traditional Peruvian compositions on a variety of instruments. Born in the northern part of the Peruvian Andes and living in Newington, Conn., he is also a high school Spanish teacher, writes for “Identidad Latina,” and is the editor of the magazine “Vidaen,” both Spanish language publications, and is the radio host of “Mi Peru” on Trinity College WRTC-FM.

Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for members and free for children.

For more information, call 924-4555 or visit

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