Qalupalik. Timingila. Bari-Degi. No, I did not just hit random keys on my keyboard. These are myths and mythical creatures from Alaska, India, and Korea, respectively, and they are among the many to be featured at this year’s International Bazaar.
Myths have been a part of human culture for…well, forever, and this year’s Bazaar will focus on a fascinating selection of them, from a ghoul that steals body-fat to a meeting place for genies to a spirit-possessed cannibal creature. Hey, just because Halloween has ended doesn’t mean you can’t have a spooky, ghoulish time, though not all of the myths are diabolical in nature.
I always enjoyed International Bazaar, both helping out at the booths of my friends and walking around the space and seeing the different booths from my fellow UE students. I think myths are a great vehicle for learning about various cultures, and I’m not just saying that because it was my idea. Myths tend to reflect cultural issues and fears, as well as hopes and desires. On top of that, it’s a great way to learn about the other Aces with whom you share this school.
This year’s Bazaar will feature not only representatives from various countries, but also members of UE’s Black Student Union and Active Minds club, as well as the Evansville Peace Corps, who will all be presenting myths of their own. What myths could they have? You’ll have to come to the event to find that out.
As usual, the event will not only feature the booths, but also a marketplace where you can support a number of artists and artisans by buying their wares, as well as a number of cultural performances. The event will take place in Eykamp Hall (upstairs Ridgway) on November 12. Performances will be from 5 to 6 pm and booths from 6 to 8 pm. You will need to sign up ahead of time for tickets, using the QR code from the posters that will be around campus. We hope to see you there.