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'Dragon Fire and Fairy Dust: Folklore of Fantasy' at Museum of Anthropology

Thursday, Apr. 04, 2013

poster illustration for fantasy event at USU Museum of Anthropology

(illustration from Museum of Anthropology website)

Visitors to Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology are invited to indulge the imagination at the next Saturdays at the Museum activity April 6. Everyone is encouraged to explore modern and historical fantasy, while learning about the roots of fantasy. The theme for the day is “Dragon Fire and Fairy Dust: Folklore of Fantasy.”

Though currently popular in a variety of television programs and movies, dragons, fairies and the worlds of fantasy have a deep history in cultures throughout the world, event organizers said. Guests are invited to join the museum staff to discover how these traditions have changed and evolved throughout time. Visitors can design their own swords, crowns and fairy wings and are encouraged to come in costume for a chance to win prizes.

“Fantasy has become such a pivotal part of modern culture and counter culture,” said  Diana Azevedo, a museum assistant. “We are excited to use this Saturday to explore some of the more well-known variations of the genre and their histories.”

In addition to the Saturdays at the Museum activity series with its 10 a.m.-4 p.m. hours, community members and USU students alike can visit the museum during its standard operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Funding for Saturday events is provided by a grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information about the IMLS is available online.

The USU Museum of Anthropology can be found on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252. Admission is free. For Saturday activities, free parking is available in the adjacent lot, south of the building.

For more information about museum events, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545 or visit the museum website.

The Museum of Anthropology is part of the Anthropology Program at USU in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Source: Museum of Anthropology

Contact: USU Museum of Anthropology, (435) 797-7545,

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