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Mohawk storyteller to share Iroquois tales

November 7, 2013
Kay Olan

Kay Olan

Mohawk storyteller Kay Olan (Ionataiewas) will visit the NIU campus at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, to share her traditional Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) stories, ones that entertain children and adults and challenge stereotypes about Native Americans.

Olan will speak in Cole Hall 100. The event is free and open to the public.

Her stories explore the life of ancient and modern Native Americans, explore “living in two worlds” and illuminate the tradition of storytelling in our modern, digital world.

In her own words:

“Storytelling is a living tradition … passed down from generation to generation … We all have stories to tell. We need to make the time to tell them so they won’t be forgotten. We need to tell them in order to maintain our connections to one another. We need to stay connected so that we will remember that we are all related … when we take the time to sit together and tell our stories, we discover that we have more in common than we have differences. We find that we have similar hopes and dreams for the future generations. We remember that we can accomplish much more if we learn to communicate and work together.”

For more information, call (815) 753-0694 or email [email protected].