Tarrare is a narrative children's series aimed at keeping alive the collaborative craft of storytelling. As generations of oral storytelling dwindle, our characters seek to reignite the spirit of passing along exciting versions of how things came to be. Each episode takes on the folklore of a different people, and is carried by our narrator, Tarrare, and the children whose cities and villages he is passing through.


The pilot takes to the skies with a creation myth from Taíno folklore. We meet deities, early tribes, and animals native to present-day Puerto Rico. The episode introduces viewers not already familiar with these indigenous people of the Caribbean to a rich culture and society from which many Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Haitians, Dominicans, Jamaicans and others can trace their roots. The creation myth is only one of many colorful and thoroughly imaginative tales spun by the Taíno people. In the book series that will branch from this episode, our readers, alongside the episode's lead characters - children in the present world - dig deeper into Taíno folklore and history, and the ties to modern day beliefs, superstitions, and practices. 

The pilot takes to the skies with a creation myth from Taíno folklore. We meet deities, early tribes, and animals native to present-day Puerto Rico. The episode introduces viewers not already familiar with these indigenous people of the Caribbean to a rich culture and society from which many Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Haitians, Dominicans, Jamaicans and others can trace their roots.

The creation myth is only one of many colorful and thoroughly imaginative tales spun by the Taíno people. In the book series that will branch from this episode, our readers, alongside the episode's lead characters - children in the present world - dig deeper into Taíno folklore and history, and the ties to modern day beliefs, superstitions, and practices. 

In each episode, Tarrare visits a different city in the present-day world. He is known by children everywhere; his visits anticipated like the arrival of a thousand ice-cream trucks. When his old pickup rumbles into town in its cloud of dust, feathers and pages of books, children drop what they're doing and run to catch a story. They always yell 'Tarrare, Tarrare!' as they swarm. And he always obliges with a tale hand-picked and ready to share.  The pilot takes place in Yauco, Puerto Rico. La Capital Taína. Our leads (soon to come) will be four locals, aging between six and thirteen. One of the aims of the series is to introduce a diverse audience to a culture (past or present), and a story. But it also exists to spark a curiosity in where things may have come from and why things are as they are; it encourages both seeking answers and stretching one's imagination when none can be found.  To hint that there are still so many facts and stories to unearth from our own roots, the stories shared in each episode are told to children who are locals of the places where those tales originated. Those watching will find new reasons to be proud of where they come from, and excitement about where others may be coming from, too.   

In each episode, Tarrare visits a different city in the present-day world. He is known by children everywhere; his visits anticipated like the arrival of a thousand ice-cream trucks. When his old pickup rumbles into town in its cloud of dust, feathers and pages of books, children drop what they're doing and run to catch a story. They always yell 'Tarrare, Tarrare!' as they swarm. And he always obliges with a tale hand-picked and ready to share. 

The pilot takes place in Yauco, Puerto Rico. La Capital Taína. Our leads (soon to come) will be four locals, aging between six and thirteen. One of the aims of the series is to introduce a diverse audience to a culture (past or present), and a story. But it also exists to spark a curiosity in where things may have come from and why things are as they are; it encourages both seeking answers and stretching one's imagination when none can be found. 

To hint that there are still so many facts and stories to unearth from our own roots, the stories shared in each episode are told to children who are locals of the places where those tales originated.

Those watching will find new reasons to be proud of where they come from, and excitement about where others may be coming from, too. 

 


Early storyboards for Episode 01: It came from the sky (Taino creation myth)