Discussion Bound: Living Stories of the Cherokee by Barbara Duncan, PhD

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Event:
Discussion Bound: Living Stories of the Cherokee by Barbara Duncan, PhD
Date:
September 19, 2017 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Organizer:
Asheville Art Museum
Phone:
828.253.3227 x122
Venue:
Malaprop's Bookstore/Café
Address:
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55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC, 28801, United States

DISCUSSION BOUND
Second Tuesdays (unless otherwise noted), 12:00 p.m.
Free
Meet at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (55 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801)
This monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Pick up some tasty local fare at the Malaprop’s Café to make the most of your midday break! Books are available at Malaprop’s for a 10% discount.


SEPTEMBER 19
Living Stories of the Cherokee by Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D.

This remarkable book, the first major collection of Cherokee stories published in nearly 100 years, presents 72 traditional and contemporary tales from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. It features stories told by Davey Arch, Robert Bushyhead, Edna Chekelelee, Marie Junaluska, Kathi Smith Littlejohn, and Freeman Owle – six Cherokee storytellers who learned their art and their stories from family and community. The tales gathered here include animal stories, creation myths, legends, and ghost stories as well as family tales and stories about such events in Cherokee history as the Trail of Tears. Taken together, they demonstrate that storytelling is a living, vital tradition. As new stories are added and old stories are changed or forgotten, Cherokee storytelling grows and evolves. In an introductory essay, Barbara Duncan writes about the Cherokee storytelling tradition and explains the “oral poetics” style in which the stories are presented. This format effectively conveys the rhythmic, oral quality of the living storytelling tradition, allowing the reader to “hear” the voice of the storyteller.

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