Dovie Thomason

Dovie Thomason tells with elegance, wit, passion, sly humor and astonishing vocal transformations creating a climate with the audience where laughter, learning, and respect come together. Her love of stories began early, and she has spent a lifetime gathering and weaving the tales she heard as a child with stories from her own life into a passionate and compelling contemporary vision. Join Dovie as she shares her thoughts on contemporary life through her stories.

Dovie Thomason considers herself a river, fed by many streams: Lakota, Plains Apache and Scot Traveller ancestry, urban Chicago and rural Texas, the Internet and Indigenous elders, family teachings and university classrooms - and draws on those contrasts and cultures in her work. Conveying these stories respectfully and responsibly is Thomason’s calling and has made her one of the most respected and admired storytellers of her generation. When she adds personal stories and untold histories, the result is a contemporary narrative of Indigenous history and identity in North America told with elegance, wit, and passion. She has been featured at countless prominent global events, including the Kennedy Center, National Museum of the American Indian, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and festivals from Tennessee to Estonia, New Zealand to New Mexico. She is a recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence award and the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers Traditional Storyteller Award.

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