Art of the Story


Art of the Story – 2017

The North Plains Public Library will host Kevin Locke performing “Love Stories” on Friday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the North Plains Elementary School.

Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world famous visionary Native American Hoop Dancer and preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute. He is a NEA Heritage Award Fellow and Cultural World Ambassador from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. His instructions were received from his immediate family and community and from extended family in every part of the world. He has learned many lessons in global citizenship and how we each draw from the richness of our individual heritages.
His role in life is to entertain, educate, engage, and empower the minds of both youth and adults in the North American Indian cultural arts and history of Native Americans. His special joy is working with children on the reservations to ensure the survival and growth of indigenous culture.

Art of the Story – 2016

The North Plains Public Library hosted national storyteller Kevin Kling on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Kevin’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life – from hopping freight trains to getting hit by lightning. He is best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Art of the Story – 2015

A performance was given on Friday, April 17, 2015, by national storyteller Sam Payne of Utah at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. His storytelling skills, jazz-inflected folk music, and soaring tenor voice have established him as an engaging performer.

Art of the Story – 2014

A performance by Olga Loya entitled “Let’s Work Together” was presented in North Plains on Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Jessie Mays Community Center. The power of community, people working together and peace stories were just some of the themes of this show. The audience enjoyed listening to folk tales, myths, legends and personal stories from around the world with an emphasis on Latin American stories.

Art of the Story – 2013

The North Plains Library performance took place at the North Plains Elementary School on Thursday evening, April 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm and featured National Storyteller Kim Weitkamp, who told stories, sang and played guitar in a family friendly performance. Kim is a nationally known storyteller, humorist, singer and songwriter who has taken home an armload of awards and recognitions. The Oregonian said: “Kim studs her storytelling performances with bits of musical Americana that match the sweet and gentle tones of her narrative.” Her material is geared towards adults but is safe for kids!

Hearing Voices – 2012

FINALE – SATURDAY – APRIL 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM

The North Plains Public Library was pleased to host the Final Concert of the Hearing Voices Storytelling Festival at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in North Plains.

The concert featured all four of the 2012 guest performers: Leslie Slape, Habiba Addo, Kirk Waller and Tim Tingle.

Tales told covered a rich range of experience and geography. The performers shared stories from Russia and West Africa, and some from closer to home as well, including legends from the South and traditional Native American tales.

Hearing Voices – 2011

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13th, 2011 at 7 PM

The North Plains Public Library is pleased to present Jeff Gere, a national storyteller from Hawaii, to perform at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in North Plains as part of this year’s Hearing Voices program.

Jeff Gere is a master storyteller. He blends talents as painter, puppeteer, mime, teacher, and director into a performance style, which has electrified audiences of every age throughout Hawaii and the mainland for two decades. Jeff’s physical energy, wide range of voices, morphing elastic face and clear characterizations make his performances unforgettable events. Jeff becomes his stories!

Hearing Voices – 2010




Mexico is very well known for its legends, myths and tales. There are legends since the time of the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs, Hucholes, as well as legends after the arrival of the Europeans to the American Continent.

Many of these legends talk about love, nature and everyday life. Nuestro Canto has gathered legends from all over Mexico and composed music especially for each legend they narrate during their performances.

This year’s storytelling festival will feature Leyendas de México – Legends of Mexico, an original bilingual performance with masks, movement, dance, songs and music. During the program, participants will learn about geography, history, traditional ancestral music and the different languages still spoken in Mexico.

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