Dawnland Storyfest 2019

Who may tell Native American stories – and when may the stories be told? How did (and does) storytelling affect the lives of Native Americans? Can stories told by anyone in Native communities - or only by special medicine men and women?


Ojibway storyteller Lenore Keeshig-Tobias speaks to the weight of responsibility carried by the storyteller within Native American traditions: “Stories are not just for entertainment... the storyteller and writer have a responsibility... to the people, a responsibility for the story, and a responsibility to the art.”


To honor that tradition, New Hampshire Humanities has awarded Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum a grant to support its Dawnland Storyfest 2019 in February, the heart of traditional Abenaki “storytelling season.” The day-long event will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, 10 am - 4 pm at the Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner. Dawnland participants will be guided through activities that model Native American storytelling and given the opportunity to practice and explore this traditional and continuing art. For more information, visit www.indianmuseum.org.