Lovers and Other Demons: Woven Words of Odin’s Dottirs

Featuring :  Karen Gummo of Calgary, AB and Faye Mogensen of Victoria, BC

odin symbol 3Odin lived in Asgard, the home of the Norse gods.  He was not only the god of war, battle, victory, and death, he was also the god of magic, poetry, prophecy and wisdom.  Two sisters come to tell us mythical stories from their Icelandic and Norse heritage.  You can expect an evening of pure enjoyment as these “dottirs” of Odin weave their spell upon us.

Friday, April 28, 2017, at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
Tickets $15 for non-members, $12 for OCAC members
Tickets available online or at the MAC Tues-Sat 10-4

gummoKAREN GUMMO is a prairie girl of Norse ancestry. Ever in search of the sparks of connection between people, Karen weaves her way through saga and myth discovering and uncovering new truths. A devotee of the oral tradition for the past 25 years, she has travelled widely across Canada and beyond to perform as a storyteller and to listen to the voices of varied performers. Her Danish and Icelandic Heritage provide her with countless sagas of the Vikings and of the humble folk of Scandinavia. She has also traveled to Iceland in the footsteps of her ancestors and is delighted to bring you their stories.


mogensen3FAYE MOGENSEN has been weaving folklore, personal story, history and science into original tales full of mystery, humour and passion for the past 30 years. Faye is the Director of Spiritual Learning at the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, BC.  She holds an M.Ed. specializing in stories and drama as tools for learning.  Her first book, Ancient Stories for Modern Times:  50 Short Wisdom Tales for All Ages was released in September 2016 by Skinner House Press..


Listening to my dad recount ‘the good old days’ hooked me on the power of the oral tale. When I worked as a Park Naturalist in the 1980’s, I began trying the magic of storytelling for myself. I continue to love the way stories draw in listeners, take us travelling to other places and times, and move us from our heads to their hearts. Besides being a whole lot of fun, I constantly find that stories are a great way to explore possibility and contemplate new ideas. In fact, scientists now tell us that stories are the way we humans are programmed to learn best. I love the way they can start a deep conversation.

I completed an M.Ed. with a thesis on “Stories and Drama as Tools for Environmental Education” in 1994. Now, in 2016, I’ve published my first book, “Ancient Stories for Modern Times: 50 Short Wisdom Tales for All Ages.”

Faye doesn’t just tell a story, she inhabits it with her whole self- body, mind and spirit! The listener feels transported back to another more ancient time, when human beings gathered ’round their sacred fires and through their stories, tried to make sense of the world. The world still needs those stories and passionate story-tellers like Faye.
Susan Draper, Coordinator for the Confluence of All Beings, Victoria 2016

It is a treat to be in the audience when Faye tells a story. Her gestures and animated expressions help listeners of all ages see clear images as the words flow easily into an entertaining life lesson.
J. Hockin, Retired Teacher

Not only were Stephanie and Scott enthralled – John and I were too! I’m sure you spend hours creating the stories but the rewards are great – especially when you hear the children’s laughter and see all those faces totally focused. Well done.
C. Crone, Grandmother

You are a captivating and talented storyteller.  The residents really loved your program and we would love to have you back!
R. Reath, Senior Care Home Recreation Coordinator