Cherokee Storyteller to Offer Program at Museum

Cherokee storyteller and artist Freeman Owle will present a program on Cherokee culture and history at the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology Saturday, Nov. 2.

For the museum’s Family Day, Owle will use Cherokee symbolism and storytelling techniques to narrate a traditional story of Cherokee origins. As part of his presentation, Owle will create a stone carving reflecting the traditions embodied in the origins myth. Participants will then have the opportunity to carve their own family histories with materials provided by the museum.

The program begins at 1 p.m. in the museum classroom and ends at 5 p.m. Families and individuals are invited to attend.

Owle, a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, is a professional storyteller and carver. He has presented programs on Cherokee life throughout the Southeast. Owle taught school for 14 years on the Cherokee reservation and earned a master’s degree in social studies education from Western Carolina University.

Owle’s presentation is sponsored by a grant from the Winston-Salem Foundation and is part of the university’s Year of the Arts, a yearlong celebration of the arts including special lectures, performances and exhibits.

Due to limited seating, participants must register by Oct. 30. Registration is $3 per family, $2 for members of the museum’s friends organization.

The museum is located behind the tennis courts and adjacent to the track stadium on the Wake Forest campus. For information, call 759-5282.

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