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ACCLAIMED CHOCTAW STORYTELLER TO VISIT REDLANDS
EL RENO, Okla. — In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Redlands Community College Native American Student Organization (NASO) is hosting nationally acclaimed Oklahoma Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the Redlands Community College Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.
“We are honored to bring such a celebrated storyteller to campus to share his history and its impact on his writing,” said Troy Milligan, NASO sponsor. “Native American culture is such an important part of our history, and it is necessary that we make every effort to support the preservation of that history. We look forward to providing our community with this opportunity to hear stories from an expert storyteller about the Choctaw Nation.”
An award-winning writer, speaker and storyteller, Tingle was a featured author and speaker at the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. His first children’s book, “Crossing Bok Chitto,” was an Editor’s Choice in the New York Times Book Review and earned over 20 state and national awards, including Best Children’s Book from the American Indian Library Association. His novel “House of Purple Cedar” won the 2016 American Indian Library Association Young Adult Book Award.
Tingle, whose great-great grandfather walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, began researching historical and personal accounts about 25 years ago in response to the lack of Choctaw lore. He is the author of more than 20 books, articles and short stories.