Memoir of a Reluctant Shaman (A Story of Native American Magical Realism)

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A coming of age story of Native American Magical Realism. The first chapter was a finalist in National Public Radio’s Short Fiction Contest under “Dolls.” Now discover the full story of a most remarkable family. All characters are over the age of 18. More

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About Ty Nolan

My mom was one of the very first Head Start teachers on the reservation, and she always worked with three year olds.

I would visit her in the classroom, and without warning, she'd walk out, leaving me with 15 preschoolers. Out of desperation, I would tell them a legend and teach them the song and dance that went with it.

It wasn't until much later I realized my mom was forcing me to use the Stories I had been taught.

Most recently I've worked with the National Science Foundation's Flagship Project, Synergy. I was asked to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)professors at over a dozen colleges how to use Storytelling to more effectively communicate complex concepts about technology to a general audience.

I currently live in Arizona, where our local college (South Mountain Community College) has one of the only Storytelling Institutes in the United States, where one can be certified as a storyteller.

My series--Coyote Cooks, has recipes included, but it's really more about ideas than how much flour to add to the fry bread.

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Review by: technological on May 28, 2016 :
Altthough it took some getting used to,I loved the interweaving of native american legends with the story of the lead character growing up. The legends are well told, colorful stories that shed some light on a culture I've never known much about. The story of the lead character however, is simply a vehicle to sort of string the legends together.

My only nitpick: the ending. It feels like the story just stops, were you the reader were expecting more...

Then again, it was worth every one of the 99 cents.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)

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