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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Native American Storyteller Gayle Ross at SU December 8

SALISBURY, MD---Internationally known Native American storyteller Gayle Ross shares tales of her heritage at Salisbury University 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 8, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall. Ross, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is a direct descendent of John Ross, principal chief during the “Trail of Tears,” which forced the relocation of many southeastern Native Americans to present-day Oklahoma. A storyteller for 25 years, she learned the timeless art from her grandmother. Ross uses her stories of pain and humor to connect with people of all backgrounds. “What you want to do is establish common ground as human beings—and yet celebrate cultural differences, because there are things that are unique to cultures; not only histories and experiences, but humor, rhythm and language,” she said. She has traveled around the United States, Canada and Europe, sharing her traditions with thousands. Ross performed in the Millennium on the Mall celebration in Washington D.C. in 2003, provided commentary for the Discovery Channel’s documentary How the West Was Lost and was featured on National Public Radio programs Living on the Earth and Mountain Stage. She also has published many of her stories in illustrated books, including The Story of the Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale and How the Turtle’s Back Was Cracked: A Traditional Cherokee Tale. Ross’ performance is part of the Celebration of Native American Peoples Fall Cultural Series sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs and Museum Programs. The event is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6271.

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