SOOSF is drawing near, June 7-8 is just around the corner!

Friday afternoon we will have a workshop with Tim Tingle, Coloring with words, creating effective images with storytelling; writing and telling 130-3 PM, prior to our annual general session membership meeting @ 4PM.  The Auction and vendor booths will be open in the afternoon, as well.  Join us for telling, listening and education we will be preserving and promoting the oral tradition of storytelling! Join us in Seminole next month! Image

 

Spirit of Oklahoma Festival is less than Three weeks away!

The Territory Tellers have many good friends, who help fund our festival!
A shout out goes to:
Connie and Barbara Fisher
Pat and Steve Kardaleff
Liz Parker
Tony Hardman
Tall Grass Tellers – Bartlesville
Valerie Kimble
Chester Weems
Darla L’Allier

If we did not list your support contact Territory Tellers and let us know! Contact our treasurer Paulette Geeslin via our website @ http://www.territorytellers.org/Board/Board

We will see you all in June for the festival!

A Story For The Telling

Seal

Seal

There is an old Celtic story about a seal who swam the icy waters in freedom and absolute joy. The creature moved through the water with grace and speed and total confidence.

One day the seal saw a man wandering the shores of a tiny island and fell in love….day after day she would wait in the waters watching as the man traveled the sandy strip from tiny houses to other buildings.   Excitement made her quiver the day he came to the water’s edge and she saw the male beauty of him and felt a mad desire to be with him….
Now certain seals, it is said, have the power to shed their seal flesh and don that of the human.  In the cold night, by the light of a pale moon, she did just that and set off to meet the man.  They fell in love and soon the man learned of her secret.  He adored her and longed to be with her….but he feared as well.   What if she left him?  How could he live? His friends would laugh at finding a woman and then losing her.   So he hid her seal skin and she was trapped in her woman suit.
She was not altogether sad at this state of affairs.  He was handsome and charming, but sometimes when the day was drawing to a close he could see her glance out the window as if hearing the lap of the tide.  As much as she loved her husband and adored her children, there were times when her woman skin didn’t sit right and she would squirm as if to escape its ill-fitting layers.  Everyone always said she must adjust.  If she would only learn to live in peace and obedience.   If she just became a better wife and mother…..
Time passed and children came to make her laugh and light her eyes, but sometimes as the laughter faded there seemed to be an echo of another life…of another self that was no longer…and once more the skin felt odd, bulky, and dry.
One day while her husband was out on the sea in his boat, one of the children found something and ran to show it to his mother.    Seeing her son race across the sand she almost didn’t recognize the thing he carried clutched to his heart.  Then it came rushing back to her…that was who she was….that was what she had been meant to be…
All else was forgotten as the memories swamped her.  She took the bundle and slipped into it with a sense of coming home. Despite the children, and her husband, she raced to the water and dove into the bubbling surf.    Feeling once more the soaring thrill as she darted through the waves and leaped in the air before sunning herself on a  warm bed of sand….she knew only a sense of completeness.
She gloried in the feel of the smooth skin covering her bones and moving with her muscles. She laughed as the sun sparkled on the dancing waves and she flipped into the shadows of the watery depths.  Yes, that was who she was and she had almost forgotten it.   No wonder the other skin had felt so tight and awkward as she struggled to be that other person…
Floating in that other world…in her true world….she looked longingly at her children on the sand.  She wanted to stay, yet she ached at the thought of leaving this new freedom behind. Suddenly her son swam out to her and for a long moment they stared into each other’s eyes.   With his slicked hair and wide dark eyes he looked very much a seal in the rippling water. For long minutes they bobbed in the waves looking into each others eyes.
“It’s alright mother….you are our mother but you are also a seal-woman. I have never seen you so happy as you are in this moment.  How can we take that from you?  We love you and want you to be content.”
He reached out a hand and they looked in awe as the hand revealed  tiny webbing between the fingers.  She would always be with them they realized no matter what form she took.  They could make it work if they could learn to unite the two worlds in respect and wisdom and love.   Laughing, they shot upwards and then dove together into the deep blue water.
For years and seasons and decades – the family went each year to the beach to play, to laugh and visit with woman who returned to the sea but never left their hearts.
Marilyn A. Hudson
2009

THE RURAL MUSEUM OF POETRY HOSTS TELLABRATION

Nov. 10 a celebration of storytelling will be shared at ROMP – the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, a one-of-a-kind endeavor by poet, storyteller and educator, Shaun Perkins and is located in Locust Grove OK

The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, in conjunction with the Mayes County Storytellers, will host a Tellabration event of interactive poetry and storytelling from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the museum in rural Locust Grove.

The event will include a tour of the museum, an interactive poetry experience, storytelling around a bonfire, and smores. Everyone is invited.

Admission is by donation. All proceeds benefit the development of the museum as it nears its completion.   For more information, visit the museum website  or email or call curator Shaun Perkins at 918-864-9152.

 

The Old Angus Barn – The Stuff of Stories

Nov. 17 will be a Tellabration at the Ole Angus Barn, located south of Seminole, 6:30 p.m.

Go 12 miles south of Seminole or north of Ada on HWY 99 until you reach EW 134, cemetery road, turn west and go approximately 1 mile. Lights will be on in the barn, go past the barn, and you’ll see the driveway on the south.

Featured storytellers will be Western humorist award recipient Sky Shivers and multi-talented Teresa Black. Host and hostess, Phillip Harjo and Jeanette Harjo, will share a story. A couple of guest pickers, storytellers and a poet may also join the party. We’ll gather at the campfire near the entrance of the Ole Angus Barn. There will be some seating, but you may want to throw in a lawn chair or blanket. In the case of inclement weather we’ll move into the main aisle of the barn. For additional information contact: Jeanette or Phillip Harjo at jmharjo@hotmail.com, 405-398-4310 or 405-380-3633.

Seminole Wind Ranch is part of the Brass Horse Enterprises of Phillip and Jeanette Harjo in Maud, Oklahoma. They invite you to “enjoy the beauty of Oklahoma” by spending a day, an evening, or a weekend on a working horse ranch. There they also provide customized workshops, writing retreats, photography, storytelling, and celebrations for birthdays, anniversary’s and more. They also do special holiday programs and events.

As the “Ole Angus Barn” develops there will be  added spooky stories and events for October, a “Tellabration” (a celebration of storytelling) and treats for November, and capping the year in December will be Christmas and family stories.

Hosting these great events will be coach and educator Philip Harjo, “Bear Clan and Peacemaker”, is retired military with lots of experience as speaker and seminar leader. He is also Chief of Staff of the Seminole Nation. His wife, Jeanette Harjo, describes herself as “Country Girl with Attitude” and is a gifted storyteller as well as library media specialist, educational consultant, school board member, and mid-wife to mares.

Contact them soon to schedule your next event or to learn what they can do for your group or organization.

Seminole Wind Ranch
13451 HWY 99
Maud, Oklahoma 74884
Phone: 405-398-4310 ; 405-380-3633
Email: jmharjo@hotmail.com
13 miles south of Seminole and 20 miles north of Ada

Tellabrate With Us!! November Showcases Storytelling Around the State

TouchtheStars c 2008

Tellabration – – a special event celebrated around the nation and the world  shares the wonder and magic of oral storytelling to audiences comprised mostly of adults but also sometimes for children and families.   The tellers are experienced, sometimes masterful, artisans who craft stories to enthrall, amuse, challenge, and inspire dreams. In November communities all around the world will focus on sharing a one of  kind experience as stories light up the deep autumn night.

Around Oklahoma catch one or more of the following events:

Nov. 10 
ROMP Tellabration
Locust Grove OK
The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, in conjunction with the Mayes County Storytellers, will host a Tellabration event of interactive poetry and storytelling from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the museum in rural Locust Grove.The event will include a tour of the museum, an interactive poetry experience, storytelling around a bonfire, and smores. Everyone is invited. Admission is by donation. All proceeds benefit the development of the museum as it nears its completion.For more information, visit the museum website rompoetry.com or email or call curator Shaun Perkins at 918-864-9152.

Nov. 13
Choctaw Public Library Tellabration
2525 Muzzy, Choctaw, 6:00 p.m.
Tellers include Rosemary Czarski, Susie Beasley, Liz Parker, Molly Lemmons, Marilyn Hudson, Kathryn Thurman, Barbara Jones, and Carol Roberts. Contact Choctaw Library for more information, 390-8418.

Nov. 17
Tellabration at the Ole Angus Barn
South of Seminole, 6:30 p.m.
Go 12 miles south of Seminole or north of Ada on HWY 99 until you reach EW 134, cemetery road, turn west and go approximately 1 mile. Lights will be on in the barn, go past the barn, and you’ll see the driveway on the south. Featured storytellers will be Western humorist award recipient Sky Shivers and multi-talented Teresa Black. Host and hostess, Phillip Harjo and Jeanette Harjo, will share a story. A couple of guest pickers, storytellers and a poet may also join the party. We’ll gather at the campfire near the entrance of the Ole Angus Barn. There will be some seating, but you may want to throw in a lawn chair or blanket. In the case of inclement weather we’ll move into the main aisle of the barn. For additional information contact: Jeanette or Phillip Harjo at jmharjo@hotmail.com, 405-398-4310 or 405-380-3633.

Nov. 17
Apache Tellabration
Clarke-Hobart Building, Apache, 7:00 p.m.
Storytelling and a youth singing group. For more information contact Sam McMichael or Steve Kardaleff.

Nov. 18
Cordell Tellabration
Integris Village Retirement Center, 701 E. 12th Street, near intersection of Crider Road and E. 14th Street. 4:00p.m.
Featured tellers include Chester Weems, Molly Lemmons, Loralee Cooley, Straw (LaVerne) Berry, and Ed Cooley. Contact Loralee for more information.