Silk Road House:
A Cultural and Educational Center
Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an
impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. The main goals of the
Silk Road House are:
Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and
cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern
day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural
center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information
concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.
- to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information
- to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in United States
- to celebrate the Silk Road's tradition of hospitality
A word of appreciation...
Our special and deepest thanks go to those who have made an array of donations to Silk
Road House – by money, various things, books, time, skill or all these together...
Among these generous individuals are (in alphabetical order):
Karen Folger Jacobs
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Joan E. Norvelle
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Santo K. van Ess
...as well as anonymous private donors, the SilkRoad Foundation and the Open Society Institute.
Our cordial thanks to all of you!
- Board of Directors of Silk Road House
The Silk Road House presents: "Tales from the Steppes."
An hour of stories from Central Asia for families performed by Cathryn Fairlee. She will be telling an episode from the epic Dede Korkut, “Bamsi Beyrek”. It is dramatic, romantic and playful and full of song.
Cathryn Fairlee a fifth generation Californian, has traveled the world searching and sharing stories in Asia, Europe and the New World. She began story performing in 1982 and became a full time storyteller in 1999. She has performed traditional folk tales, epics and mythology on Turkish trains, at Welsh pubs, in Buddhist caves, at Balinese ceremonies, in Chinese teahouses, with Uzbekistan musicians, telling around the kitchen table in Guatemala, and in US graveyards.
Cathryn is a member of the Storytelling Association of California where she served as a board member for seven years. A member of the Bay Area Storytelling Festival Committee, the National Storytelling Network, where she served on its board as Pacific Regional Director, and member of Storytellers of Canada. Cathryn produced The Story Swap on public radio for three years and still produces biannual Epic Events. She received a Master’s Degree in History at Sonoma State University with a thesis on Chinese Teahouse Telling. She still serves on the magazine committee of NSN. And her story is not over yet.
November 2nd Sunday, 1-3pm