Gayle Ross ​Gayle Ross is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and a direct descendant of John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokee duri​ng the infamous "Trail of Tears." Her grandmother told ​Cherokee stories and sang songs handed down from one generation to the next, and it is from this rich Native American her​itage that Ross' storytelling springs.

During the past twenty-five years, Ross has become one of the best-loved and most respected storytellers to emerge from the current surge of interest in this timeless art form. She has appeared at almost every major storytelling and folk festival in the United States and Canada, as well as theaters and performance arts halls throughout the U.S. and Europe. The prestigious National Council of Traditional Arts has included Ross in two of their touring shows, and internationally acclaimed musician and composer Peter Buffet featured Ross and her stories in his epic stage performance “500 Nations," based on the CBS mini-series produced by Kevin Costner. 

​Her stories have opened evenings for such distinguished speakers as Maya Angelou, N. Scott Momaday and Alice Walker, and she has appeared with such noted Native American artists as Rita Coolidge, Wes Studi, Kevin Locke and John Trudell. Her stories have been heard on National Public Radio on such programs as “Living on the Earth” and “Mountain Stages." From the kindergarten classroom to the college campus to the Kennedy Center, her stories have enthralled audiences of all ages.  ​

Storytelling Event​s

Inside the Beaded Beltway - April 13th

Inside the Beaded Beltway: Native Delegations in the Nation's Capital​

Wednesday, April 13
7:00 p.m.​
Powers Hall Ballroom (2nd floor)
Open event flyer

Storyteller Gayle Ross shares both historical narratives and personal stories in this provocative performance about the history of American Indian delegations who traveled to the nation's capita​l to argue for fair treatment for native peoples and to negotiate just treaties. From George Washington to George W., the stories Ross shares are often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always inspirational as they shed light on the federal relationship with native peoples from the founding of America to the present day.

Morning Sun, 4/11/16
Native American storyteller to perform at CMU

Storytelling Event at the Ziibiwing Center

Thursday, March 31, 2016
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Ziibiwing Center - 6650 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant
Event is free and open to the public
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Spring 2016 CMU Course

Central Michigan University offered students the opportunity to take a 2-credit course with renowned ​Cherokee storyteller ​Gayle Ross during the Spring 2016 semester.

LAR 597A: The Art of Storytelling
Saturdays: 
​February 13 & 20 and April 2 & 9, 2016

Anspach 255
8:30 a.m to 3:50 p.m.

This course provided st​udents with methods and practice in finding, learning and telling stories from many different genres. ​The course was open to undergraduate and graduate students.