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Talking Leaves: Native American Storytelling and Poetry

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An interactive lecture focusing on the importance of Native American oral storytelling and the themes found within.

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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 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.

Registration is free. This program will take place on Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with the link to join the meeting from distlerl@galenalibrary.org three days before the event.

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Galena LitFest is back for a seventh year with even more great activities. Have brunch with Agatha Christie. Come to dinner with Heather Gudenkauf. Hear the poetry of Kevin Coval. Discuss literature with Rebecca Makkai. Sharpen your skills with workshops and lectures!

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Sponsored by the Friends of the Galena Public Library, Inc. the Galena Public Library, and private donors. For more information please contact 815-777-0200 or distlerl@galenalibrary.org.

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