Thomas Doty – Storyteller

1910: Grandma Maude

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Maude Daugherty, my grandmother, reading outside the school house around 1910. It was from her that I heard many native stories.


Grandma Maude was our family storyteller. It was from her that I first heard many of our local native stories. When I was a boy, Grandma would gather us children around the pot-bellied stove and tell us stories. She was a large woman and didn't move around much. But she had a wonderfully rich voice, and different voices for animals in the stories. And her hands were so expressive that they invited stories into the room. They became our friends. Though Grandma journeyed into the next world when I was nine years old, I have never forgotten her stories. And I hear her voices -- all of them -- in my own stories.