Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage
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NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLING
Students learn the significance of the stories that embody the relationship between Native American people and the natural world. This understanding encourages discussion and curiosity, with which students are better equipped to learn Indian sign language. Additionally, these stories enrich the students’ awareness of both personal and authentic artifacts. Community interaction nurtures and supports students in sharing their own personal stories. Artists help the students integrate moral values within these tales to develop universal ideas and creative solutions.
Leaf Arrow Storytellers
Leaf Arrow Storytellers, featuring Joe Cross of the Caddo Indian Nation of Oklahoma and Donna Couteau Cross of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma, use songs, dances, and stories to present interactive workshops and performances. Leaf Arrow Storytellers bring to life the teachings and histories of various Native American tribes, giving their stories deeper meaning by incorporating authentic artifacts and dances and sharing many personal stories and possessions as part of their presentation. As Leaf Arrow Storytellers, Donna and Joe have performed at over 700 schools, as well as at cultural institutions across the United States.
Bobby Gonzalez, is a nationally-acclaimed multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller, and poet born and raised in the South Bronx. He draws on both his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a unique repertoire that celebrates his dual heritage. The author of “The Last Puerto Rican Indian: a Collection of Dangerous Poetry” and “TAINO ZEN”, his poetry has been published in numerous periodicals and performed at institutions.