Date: October 13, 2009
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Fern Ridge Library, Veneta
Child Price: free
Adult Price: free
Organization: Friends of the Fern Ridge Library
Thomas Doty is nationally known for his impassioned performances of traditional and original native stories. He has released several recordings, including daily and weekly broadcasts on public radio, and has received a number of awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national American Indian Program. Doty has published many books and is included on The Oregon Literary Map.
Doty’s October 13 performance will include passages from his new story, Voices of the Rock People. This story was commissioned by Lee Kelley of Veneta and is set along Coyote Creek and Long Tom River during a time when Fern Ridge Reservoir was dry. Copies of the story will be available to purchase following the performance.
When he's not on the road performing, Thomas Doty is Storyteller in Residence at Dragonfly Place, a Center for the Study of Storytelling, Literature & Performance. The center is located at Doty’s home in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon.
Doty's recent projects include returning the Sacred Salmon Ceremony to its original native site on the Rogue River in 2007 and the installation and dedication of We Are Here, a 20 foot tall native carving in downtown Ashland in 2006. Doty also co-directs Reading the Rocks and serves on the international Board of Directors of CIRCLE, the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education located at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
"Stories touch us deeply on many levels of truth," says Doty. "They entertain, they teach, they heal. I keep the Old Time stories alive as well as create new ones to keep my art vibrant and healthy." Doty has been called "One of the best of Oregon's storytellers" and "a master of his art."