I grew up in a small rural village in Alaska where people still believed in little people, in giants and clawed hags which sought to devour people. With no roads, no connection to the outside world but small airplanes I grew up chasing spirits and ghosts.
Hide your thumbs when walking past a grave and don’t whistle at the northern lights the elders of the village where I grew up always warned.
And while I was always good about hiding my thumbs to keep the ghosts from stealing them I always whistled at the northern lights because I wanted to see the little people come down from them. I spent my youth searching for and trying to understand the fairies and fairy tales.
I later got my degree in Cross-Cultural research as it relates to religion, mythology and fairy tales at the University of Hawaii. I seek to understand fairy tales and the people who told them through the context of religion and culture because this is a large part of where fairy tales come from.
I added to my knowledge of fairy tales with a second degree in animation which I used to help tell stories of the fairies I research.