Galena LitFest - Talking Leaves: Native American Storytelling and Poetry
An interactive lecture focusing on he importance of Native American oral storytelling and the themes found within.
In order to receive the Zoom link to attend this program you must be registered here: https://www.eventbrite.com/.../talking-leaves-native... or at the Galena Public Library.
This presentation will start with an overview of Native American oral traditions and the importance of storytelling, focusing on the different types of stories and poems-spiritual, cosmogonic, memorial, etc-told by a handful of the 570+ federally recognized tribes. It will discuss both oral tradition and the importance of the storyteller figure historically, and we will together discuss together the key ideas and themes in a few poems and stories shared from different tribes, including identity, resilience, resistance, and balance.
Dr. Susan Stone, who is of Cherokee descent, teaches a wide variety of courses at Loras College including 19th-century American literature and culture, Gender Studies, Native American and African American Studies, Writing, and other areas. Her most recent scholarly work, presented at the annual Modern Language Association conference and published by the University of Georgia Press, has focused on the legacies of women transcendentalists-both traditional and not-including Margaret Fuller and Mary Wilkins Freeman. In addition, she has been invited twice to present her biographical research about the earliest Native Americans to become Catholic priests and nuns at the annual St. Kateri Tekakwitha meeting, the oldest and biggest international conference for the study of Catholicism among Indigenous peoples.