Dovie Thomason

  • About the Artist:

    The wise, boisterous teaching tales of her Lakota and Plains Apache relatives come alive in listeners’ imaginations as Dovie Thomason shares her culture with understanding, sly humor and astonishing vocal transformations. Told with elegance, wit and passion, her stories inspire delight in the spoken word and teach respect for values passed on through generations. When Dovie tells stories from her own life and from her people’s experience, the result is a contemporary vision of the rich cultures of the First Nations of North America. A former teacher, Dovie is an NEA and Arts International recipient, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers’ Traditional Storyteller of the Year and was honored with the National Storytelling Network’s 2007 Circle of Excellence Award.

    Category:

    • Theater
    • Writers

    Type of Programs Offered

    • residency
    • workshop
    • assembly
    • virtual
    • Native Voices

      Description:

      Traditional stories about animals and tricksters provide a clearer understanding of values and cultures of the First Nations of North America. Whether a talkative Turtle or overbearing Buffalo, characters face choices and life decisions.

      Workshop/Residency: Contact Artivate
      Virtual program options may be available

      MSAC Teaching Artist Roster: AiE funds available

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      PreK-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Storytelling, Language Arts, Social Studies, STEM, World Languages, Character/SEL

      This program is offered as:

      • assembly
      • virtual
    • Lessons from the Animal People

      Description:

      An intertribal sampling of the animal stories which often explain the what and why questions about the Earth and her animal children (why bear hibernates, why rabbit has no tail, etc.) – stories are used, as all stories are, to teach proper behavior and values.

      Workshop/Residency: Contact Artivate
      Virtual program options may be available

      MSAC Teaching Artist Roster: AiE funds available

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      PreK-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Storytelling, Language Arts, Social Studies, STEM, World Languages, Character/SEL, Green

      This program is offered as:

      • assembly
      • virtual
    • Story & Writing Workshops & Residencies

      Description:

      Workshops and residencies tailored to grade level and curriculum study Native peoples, storytelling, and story writing in depth. Workshops examine stories and techniques of telling via demonstration and discussion. Residencies offer an in-depth exposure to types of stories (anecdotal, historical, familial, tutorial) and can be focused towards memory, oral storytelling skills, and folklore, or multiple literary skills. Students work on improvisation, development of characters, pacing and memory techniques, visualization, predicting outcomes, imagery, and descriptive language skills.

      Workshop/Residency: Contact Artivate
      Virtual program options may be available

      MSAC Teaching Artist Roster: AiE funds available

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      PreK-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Storytelling, Language Arts, Social Studies, STEM, World Languages, Character/SEL, Green

      This program is offered as:

      • residency
      • workshop
      • virtual
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  • Name or Art Agency:
    Artivate, Inc.
    Email:
    [email protected]
    Phone:
    (301) 588-7525
    State / County:
    Maryland

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