Thomas Doty – Storyteller


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Two Stone Chairs

Along the Rogue River are two stone chairs used during the Sacred Salmon Ceremony. One is carved into bedrock near the falls where a fisherman watches for the first salmon of the spring run, a signal to begin the ceremony. The other chair is a smaller rock on the riverbank where a storyteller tells stories of the salmon. Both chairs are called Story Chairs. As the ceremony is acted out near the falls, the story is told on the riverbank, a well-rehearsed balance of ritual and telling. Two chairs for two kinds of stories.