Thomas Doty – Storyteller

A Native View

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Long Nights of Stories

Winter is the season of native storytelling. On long nights, during the moon called Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire, people gather in community houses and share stories. Old Time stories are remembered, new ones created, each story deepening the homeland roots of the people. Gaukos becomes the moon. Coyote steals fire. A father tries to bring his dead daughter back from the Land of the Dead. As storms scream through the village, people sit close to the fire sharing stories, night after winter night, all night long.

Photo: Winter moonset in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon.


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