maRia Bodmann - America's First Female Dalang

Not only do I admire MaRia’s passion, commitment, and dedication for learning and then teaching Balinese Wayang Kulit, but I’m also fascinated by the fact that she is a female dalang (puppeteer), which is extremely rare because dalangs are traditionally male. I was very curious to know more about MaRia’s experience learning to be a dalang in Indonesia as a white, female American.

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