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Storytellers Go Traditional, Teach More than Folklore

The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC), , September 20, 2004


On Tuesday, the students were treated to Indian dancing and storytelling as part of Indian Heritage Week at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The university began celebrating Indian Heritage Week more than 20 years ago. Storytelling was added to the program about 15 years ago.

The program is designed to expose students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade to Indian culture. It is a joint program between the university's Native American Resource Center and Indian student organizations and the school system's Indian Education and Arts Education programs.

"The combination of storytelling and dancing work very well together,'' Knick said. "The program shows the students that the Indian culture is not something of the past, but something in the present. It is something that is ongoing.

Barbara Locklear of Charlotte was one of the storytellers who spoke with students Tuesday. Locklear wove life lessons into her stories. Locklear, who is Lumbee, told the students that the stories have been passed down orally for generations.

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