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Family Program

Story Time: I Lost My Arrow in a Kankan Tree

May 4, 2018 | 11:30AM - 12:30PM

What happens when you lose something in Suriname? Join us for an interactive storytelling experience as we look, listen, and learn in our exhibition Fiiman Tembe: Maroon Arts from Suriname. Children of all ages are invited to discover how a Surinamese boy’s quest to find his lost arrow leads him on uproarious adventures in the vibrantly illustrated folktale, I Lost My Arrow in a Kankan Tree (1993). After the reading, a Museum Educator will lead families on a brief exploration of artworks related to the story.

Author Noni Lichtveld (1929–2017) was a Dutch illustrator and writer of Surinamese origin. After attending the Rietveld Academy she provided the scenery for almost all Dutch theater companies and she worked with theater greats such as Sjarov, Cees Laseur, Erwin Piscator, Karl Guttmann, and Sonia Gaskell. She published three books on Anansi stories: “The spider weaves a web around the world” (1984), “Anansi and those other beasts” (1985) and “Anansi between god and devil” (1997) as well as the cumulative tale, “I lost my arrow in the Kankan Tree” (1993).


Story Time is a short format, informal storytelling program facilitated by Fowler educators at 11:30 am on the first and third Friday of each month. This event is free, no reservation required. Meet in the Fowler’s Lobby.

Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd | $12/day

About the Exhibition

Maroon peoples of Suriname are renowned for tembe, traditional art forms that infuse everyday objects with personal and communal meaning. The 20th-century works on view in Fiiman Tembe: Maroon Arts from Suriname exemplify the bold patterns, vivid color, brass studding, and needlework that typify utilitarian objects such as trays, doors, and textiles.

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