Foresee Foundation Announces Second Installment of Soualichi Stories: Sint Maarten Folk Tales for our Community
April 16, 2020 – Philipsburg, Sint Maarten – The anxiously awaited second audio story in the Foresee Foundation’s Soualichi Stories series, The Salt Pond Goddess, will launch this coming Monday April 20 on five local radio stations, along with a social media release of its first release from this past week, One Tété Lohkay. Both stories are told by beloved local storyteller, Papa Umpo.
This coming week’s story, the Salt Pond Goddess, is an original story that introduces us to the goddess of the title, who protects our great salt pond. When she sees that we are not treating it well, she gets angry. The story reminds us all of the beauty that we have on our island, and that we all are connected in taking care of it, and each other.
The Foresee Foundation initiated the Soualichi Stories project during this period when we are isolated from each other in order to bring our Sint Maarten community a sense of connection through our shared heritage and culture. The Foundation will bring a new story to the community each week through over a dozen radio broadcasts, followed by a social media launch of that story the following week. Listen in coming weeks for additional storytellers and Sint Maarten legends. The broadcast schedule is below.
For inquiries and to suggest additional St. Maarten folk stories and story tellers, please contact Soualichi Project Coordinator, Laura Hartman, [email protected], or contact the Foresee Foundation on Facebook.