Thomas Doty – Storyteller

A Native View

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Bringing Stories Home

In the Old Time, native people from all over the West traveled to Celilo Falls on the Columbia River to fish, to trade blankets, baskets, horses ... and share stories! They brought some of those stories home, set them in their neighborhood, peopled them with characters from their own mythology, and made new versions in their local language. Those stories found a home in their ageless cycle of myths, told over and over, honed and made familiar, night after winter night.

Photo: Ancient carving of a storytelling scene in the eastern Oregon desert.


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