Storytelling Programs - Libraries
Storytelling Programs - Libraries
Performance lengths are flexible to fit your needs and all stories are age-appropriate, designed to entertain, educate, and engage the imagination.
2010 Summer Reading
   
   
Children's (Theme – Water: Make a Splash – READ!)
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Native American Water Stories” Fun and engaging traditional Choctaw and other Native American tales that highlight the all-important relationships between water, the animal people, and the American Indian people, featuring lots of audience participation, including songs and traditional instruments. Selected stories include: How Rabbit Lost His Tail (Choctaw), Mud Pony (Lakota), First Robin (Lakota), Coyote and The Rock (Montana Salish), Old Man Coyote and the Creation of the World (Cheyenne), as well as several others.
   
   
Youth (Theme – Water: Make Waves at Your Library)
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By the River: Stories of Cleansing and Caution” For Choctaws, and others, the rivers serve as important sources of sustenance, travel, renewal, and reward. But danger lurks there too! Just below the surface, monstrous beasts and malicious spirits await. Scared yet? You should be.This program, along with traditional songs and music, includes the stories: The Hunter and the Alligator (Choctaw), Okla Nahullo: The Water People (Choctaw), The Red Pole (Choctaw), Naloosa Falaya (Choctaw), La Llorona (Mexican Indian), Crossing Bok Chitto (permission by Tim Tingle/Choctaw), The Red River Monster Fish (Local/Original).

2011 Summer Reading

   
Children's (Theme – World Culture/Travel: One World, Many Stories)
   
"The Land We Belong To" We all have rich and deep-rooted family histories, most of which are blended by the influence of many cultures. And we have our stories, carried along the various journeys that brought us to “this land we belong to.” This program is a fun and engaging multi-cultural demonstration of story and music with plenty of audience participation that highlights both the cultural differences and similarities we all share. Stories include: Grandmother Spider Gets the Fire (Cherokee/Choctaw), Rabbit and Buffalo Tug-o-War (Choctaw), Jack's First Job (Appalachian), Wiley and the Hairy Man (American Southeast), Boy Who Cried Lion (Local/Original), and other stories carried to Oklahoma from around the world.
  
    
Youth (Theme - World Culture/Travel: You are Here)
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Where We Come From?" Talk about adventurous and scary travels. Do you know the story of how your family came to be here? Or, why? Our stories often act as road maps of family history and legend. Often carried along roads of dark and light from far away and passed down. Infused with culture, tradition, and new adaptations, these stories shape our lives. We learn who we are, where we came from, who we should be, and sometimes, who we shouldn't. We listen, and imagine - another time, another place, and the people who travelled - the good, the bad, and perhaps even, the ghostly!
   
Along with a discussion about the influence of stories in our lives, the stories in this program include: The First Migration (Choctaw), The Gift of Tanchi (Choctaw), The Ghost of Mingo Creek (Local/Original), The Choctaw Way (permission by Tim Tingle/ Choctaw), Shingebiss (Ojibwe), Skinwalker (Navajo/Dineh), Ravenmockers (Cherokee), and Family Foundations (Personal/Original).

Other Available Programs

     Choctaw/American Indian (Children, Youth, or Adult Programs Available)
    Ghost Stories (Children, Youth, or Adult Programs Available)