Amanda Mayflower's

American Menagerie

"Visit for a while, and you'll be just as likely to meet a unicorn as a hobby horse, and take a ride to Never Never Land on the back of a Luck Dragon."

An educator by training and folklore enthusiast by birthright, Amanda Mayflower has opened the doors of her imagination for all ages.

 

As creative director of the American Menagerie, she manages a troupe of fairies, a pair of rabbits and a whole lot of hobby horses at harvest time.  

 

Thus is the Menagerie: a collection of animals both live and stuffed. Stick around long enough, and you'll be riding a hobby horse. 

Amanda's interest and works are linked to seasonal changes, traditional American Folklore and the spirit of magic. Her song and storytelling is an embodied and improvisational practice.  

 

With the offering of the Flint Hills Fairies, ICT Easter Bunny, Hobby Horse Rodeo and Santa & his Elves, Mayflower helps awaken a narrative about customs and lore from around the world. 

 

Her work is imbued with the zeitgeist of moving constellations and the bending of time.  

Curriculum Vitae : Course of Life

Career Highlights

  • Master of Ceremonies - Midwest Mythicals, Kansas City Renaissance Festival

  • Creative Director -  Flint Hills Fairies, Hobby Horse Rodeo

  • Puppeteer - over 10 performances with 10-foot-tall backpack puppet of Carrie A. Nation, including 2017 appearance on national television which spurred resurgence in American zeitgeist

  • Ceremonialist - Full Moon Fairies, 

Related Experience

 

  • Medicine Wheel Keeper - Little River Food Forest, Wichita, KS

  • Ancestral Medicine Participant - Larissa Noonan

Work History

  • Professional Coaching- training, observing and coaching educators with data driven results

  • Educator - various roles including PreK, Elementary and Substitute positions

  • Arts Writer  - Published reviews of local and regional gallery shows

Education and Certification

  • 2019, Artist Inc

  • 2012, Masters of Arts, Early Childhood Unified, Wichita State University

  • 2006: Sweat Lodge Initiation, The Farm