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Artist Demonstration with Kathi Littlejohn – Cherokee Storyteller
June 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 amFree
Kathi will be telling the stories that are featured in the art work of John Julius Wilnoty. Littlejohn always loved stories, always loved history, but she never thought of herself as a storyteller. Not until the 1980s, anyway, when she was living in Seattle and taking a nighttime course in children’s literature. Many of her classmates were schoolteachers, and when she told the class a story from one of the local northwestern tribes as part of an assignment, she found herself getting invited out to the schools to tell more stories. She’s leaned into the role ever since. At home in Western North Carolina, Littlejohn and her fellow tribal members in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are surrounded not only by stories but by the mountains, rivers and seasons that inspired them centuries ago. Stories are an important part of Cherokee culture, used to instruct, amuse, warn and dream.