Storytelling with Dovie Thomason (U.S.)Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(1 hr. approximate run time)
Bring the whole family for an afternoon with storyteller Dovie Thomason.
Dovie Thomason is one of the most respected and admired storytellers of her generation. Her ability to craft tales that not only enchant audiences––but also teach invaluable lessons about human nature and indigenous worldviews––has long made her a beloved contributor to schools,organizations and events around the globe. The wry humor and subtle graces that infuse Thomason’s work enable her broad and modern appeal, while a lifetime of study and tradition-bearing ensures the deep cultural roots of her craft remain intact.
Thomason’s journey as a storyteller and artist began with the childhood influence of her Apache grandmother Dovie, whose name Thomason proudly carries. From her, Thomason absorbed not only the stories of her paternal ancestors, but also the ‘pan-Indian’ stories her grandmother learned from other children during the boarding school era. These tales were told to Thomason in the traditional way, intended not only to entertain, but also to gently teach and instruct. Imparting everything from practical advice to cultural values, these tales were coated with affection and humor, making them well-loved sources of both amusement and wisdom. These timeless stories would eventually form the core of Thomason’s highly-regarded repertoire.