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Native American Storytelling Festival This Weekend

Gallup Independent (Gallup, NM) , February 12, 2008


This weekend it will be time for Navajo, Apache, and Laguna storytelling at the Second Annual Hané Festival — Hané being the Navajo word for story. Sunny Dooley, a well-known Navajo storyteller, is the festival organizer and one of the featured storytellers. The event will also feature Teddi Duncan, a Laguna/Acoma storyteller, and Adam Teller, a Navajo storyteller.

The festival runs from Friday evening through Sunday morning.

Dooley said the stories will be told primarily in English so audience members of all cultures are welcome to attend.

“It’s for everyone who loves listening to stories,” she said.

A storyteller since 1982, Dooley said she travels around the country telling Navajo stories, but she’s never heard of a festival devoted entirely to Native American storytellers. In her travels, she added, she is always on the lookout for good Native storytellers.

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals

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