“From Affrilachia to South America: Stories from Our Culture and Community” told by Carolina Quiroga and Lyn Ford

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Carolina Quiroga and Lyn Ford share the stage, as well as the stories of their heritages and hearts. These are the “family stories” of their communities and cultures. You’ll quickly find out why they’re told and retold from one generation to the next.

Bilingual storyteller Carolina Quiroga was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. In 2012, she began her hero’s journey moving from Colombia to Johnson City, Tennessee to attend East Tennessee State University in pursuit of a master’s degree in storytelling. She specializes in the folklore, mysteries, and histories of her Latinx descendants, spanning the Southwest to La Patagonia.
Read more here.


Lyn Ford is a fourth-generation Affrilachian storyteller, whose stories are rooted in her family’s multicultural Affrilachian storytelling tradition. (Kentucky poet Frank X. Walker  coined the term “Affrilachian” to give a name to his unique experience as a Black Appalachian. It’s often used now to describe the cultural contributions of African-American artists, writers, and musicians in the Appalachian region of the U.S.) Ford is a teaching artist, author, and recipient of the National Storytelling Network Oracle Circle of Excellence Award. She last appeared on our stage during the 2007-08 season. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Visit her website.

Storytelling Arts of Indiana
Sponsored by the Estate of Frances Long
Media Sponsor: WFYI
Emcee Sponsor: Paradox Dental
Interpreter Sponsor: Jim Obermaier and Sally Perkins
Videographer Sponsor: Chatham Tap

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