Winter Tales: American Indian Storytelling



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Join us for one of the Museum’s most popular annual events, a concert of American Indian tales, told during the winter months, the traditional time of telling. Each year, a first voice teller is featured in an educational and entertaining performance for listeners of all ages. For our Centennial year, we welcome back one of our favorite tellers, Dovie Thomason of the Lakota and Kiowa Apache Nations.

Dovie has traveled throughout North America and abroad for more than twenty years, sharing the wisdom, humor and history of her heritage through stories. She has captivated audiences at the Grand Opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center and The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poetry Festival as well as at universities, conferences, and libraries in the U.S. and abroad. She holds her listeners spellbound with her gift of “astonishing vocal transformation.”

A former teacher and university professor, Dovie writes regularly for educators and is featured in anthologies from Oyate Press. Her recordings and writings have been lauded by the American Library Association. She was honored as the 2002 Traditional Storyteller of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers.

Dovie’s workshops and keynote addresses on cultural diversity, untold histories, ethics, cultural integrity, and the role of stories in reconciliation have been featured at many events, including the 2005 National Storytelling Conference.

Winter Tales concerts are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin.

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