The Cameron University Library will present nationally renowned storyteller and author Tim Tingle on Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the CETES Conference Center on the CU campus. The event is open to the public at no charge. Tingle brings the lore of the Choctaw Nation to life in lively historical, personal, and traditional stories, accompanying himself on the Native American flute and singing Choctaw songs to the rhythms of a whaleskin drum. The event is open to the public at no charge.
An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Tingle was featured at the 2002 National Storytelling Festival and has toured Germany 10 times, performing at schools for children of military personnel. In May of 2004, he founded the Choctaw Storytelling Festival, a three-day celebration of the Choctaw narrative: traditional, historical, and personal. Joining tribal elders with youthful attendees, the festival promotes the ongoing transmission of foundation stories so critical to the Choctaw community.
His first book, "Walking the Choctaw Road," was named 2005 Book of the Year in both Oklahoma and Alaska, and Tingle toured both states discussing his writings and promoting literacy. A collection of eleven short stories, the book includes a moving Trail of Tears memory as told by Tingle's great-great-grandfather, who actually survived the trail in 1835.
Other titles include "When Turtle Grew Feathers," Oklahoma Book Award winner "Crossing Bok Chitto," "Spirits Dark and Light," a collection of 25 ghost stories from the Five Civilized Tribes; and "Spooky Texas Tales." His newest book, "Saltypie," will be released this spring.
This presentation is made possible through the Clodus and Pauline (Chaat) Smith Endowed Lectureship in American Indian Studies.
February 24, 2010