Shape Shifters and Stone Monsters: Spooky Stories from Native America
Thursday, October 29
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Moore Hall, Townsend Kiva
Gayle Ross is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and a direct descendant of John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokee during 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 heritage 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.
Gayle Ross' visit to Central Michigan University was sponsored by the Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University and the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways.