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Speak Story Series to present Native American storyteller July 10

ISSUED: 14 June 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Speak Story Series, part of the Shepherd University Appalachian Studies Program, presents Dovie Thomason with “How the West Was Spun” on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Hall. Admission is $12 at the door, with express entry for Speak season ticket holders, and free to full-time Shepherd University students with a valid Rambler ID. Speak is for adult audiences. Mature youth are allowed at their guardian’s discretion.

Thomason, of Lakota, Plains Apache, and Scot Traveller ancestry, draws on her mixed background in her work. Her storytelling has been featured at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution/NMAI, London’s Barbican, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and festivals from Tennessee to Estonia. She has done narrations for the BBC, NPR, PBS, Ireland’s public broadcaster RTE, and the National Park Service, including the Emmy-winning documentary “Mystic Voices: The Story of the Pequot War.”

A former teacher, Thomason is an NEA and Arts International recipient, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers’ Traditional Storyteller of the Year, and was honored with the National Storytelling Network’s 2007 Circle of Excellence Award.

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