October 21, 2018
For decades the Indigenous nations of North America suffered the loss of their children to government boarding schools, where they were forcibly “re-educated” to assimilation and “civilization,” at the cost of culture and identity. Renowned Native American storyteller Dovie Thomason, of Lakota, Apache, and Scot Traveller descent, introduces us to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and its profound and lingering impact on Indian and non-Indian people. Her story explores the narratives and inner resources that enabled the spirit and identity of Native peoples to survive and raises provocative questions for all contemporary Americans.
Dovie Thomason has performed across the US and around the world, including at the Smithsonian and Kennedy Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa, and numerous national and international storytelling festivals. Her role as a traditional cultural artist has been honored by the National Storytelling Network’s ORACLE Circle of Excellence Award and the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers’ Traditional Storyteller Award.