Winter Tales Concert

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Join the Spurlock Museum staff for one of the its most popular annual events, a concert of American Indian tales, told during the winter months, the traditional time of telling. The 2015 featured teller is nationally renowned teller, speaker, and author Tim Tingle.

Tim Tingle is an award-winning author, nationally renowned storyteller, and an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His early interest in writing and storytelling was fueled by the memories passed down from his great-great grandfather, John Carnes, who walked the Trail of Tears in 1835. Tingle now performs his lively Rabbit trickster tales and compelling historical stories throughout the United States and Canada. He often accompanies his storytelling with the Native American flute, plus an assortment of rattles and drums, adding a haunting musical dimension to a concert.

From 2002 to the present, he has performed a traditional Choctaw story before Chief Gregory Pyle’s Annual State of the Nation Address at the tribal gathering in Tushkahoma, Oklahoma, a Choctaw reunion that attracts over thirty thousand people. Tim has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and founded the Choctaw Storytelling Festival. In June of 2011, Tingle spoke at the Library of Congress and presented his first performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The author of twelve books, Tim received the prestigious Notable Book Award from the American Library Association for Crossing Bok Chitto. His short story “The Lady Who Changed” was selected as 2007 Best Short Story for Adults by Storytelling World. He has received the Talking Leaves Award and Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Winter Tales concerts are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin.

Cost: $5