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.
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.
The book is richly illustrated with both whimsical drawings of the Animal People as well as examples of the different Native American cultural items described in the text. A heart-warming choice to read to children at bedtime from an award-winning author.
This is an outgrowth of a keynote presentation for the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam and over thirty years of working with bereaved families and children. It combines traditional Native American legends and ceremonies dealing with grief and bereavement as well as systemic family therapy approaches of healing
The unique Native American Two-Spirit hero from Memoir of a Reluctant Shaman is back in a stand alone tale. He’s in the Big City to visit his old friend Otter as they start to explore sexuality. Otter has discovered attending a monthly safe-sex workshop is the best place to find a date who is already interested in “love with a glove.”
Here are some Stories (Traditional Native Legends) and some stories (personal history.) I am a professional storyteller and a therapist. Coyote Still Going retells the mostly Sahaptin and Twana traditional legends I was taught by my relatives. It's also a memoir of how I have told these stories from Mr. Rogers' program to International AIDS Conferences, as well as with children around the world.