In this program, Debra artfully blends native flute, chant, and traditional, tribal stories into a mesmerizing performance.
(Geared for adult audiences. 55 minutes.)
My Name Is Hutta
Debra weaves Native flute, story, and song together bringing to life the Journey of HUTTA; A young Native American girl adopted away from her family and cultural roots at a young age.
Enduring both childhood physical and sexualized violence, she returns to her tribal teachings and roots for direction and healing. Her poignant and familiar story is an example of the resiliency of the “Human Spirit!”
A rendition of Debra’s Oneida grandmother’s boarding school experience–told in first person through the eyes of a 7-year-old child removed from her homeland.
Artfully balancing first and third person, Debra takes you on a historical journey creatively woven through storytelling, native flute, and drum.
This performance is a powerful and eye-opening look at the atrocities inflicted upon native people during this part of our country’s past and leaves audiences asking themselves “Why didn’t I learn about this in school?”
We Want To Tell Your Stories
Debra addresses the many questions/concerns on both sides of this controversial topic regarding the appropriateness of non-Indian storytellers telling Native American stories.
Exploration and discussion of traditional, tribal protocol, cultural integrity and a historical overview of multi-generational trauma and unresolved grief of Native People will be included in this workshop.
Participants will be invited to partake in a traditional, Talking Circle.
Time for Q & A will be offered
Native Stitches & Stories
A historical tapestry of traditional, native quilt making…story and song artfully woven together by Oneida Storyteller, Debra Morningstar and WI quilt artist, Pat Ehrenberg.
Together, they invite you to visit the cultural regions of the Four Directions of Turtle Island…including the eastern woodlands of the Iroquois to the deserts of the Hopi people. Pat shows her beautifully crafted quilts from each cultural area woven with Debra’s traditional tribal stories and history. You’ll be delighted to see the common themes of TWO, ancient traditional art forms while connecting the past, present and future.
Feathers, Furs & Tipis
Did you ever wonder how Chipmunk got his stripe?
Or, how Raccoon got the mask he wears around his eyes?
Debra Morningstar, Oneida Storyteller invites you to join her and her friends, Tom Tom Turtle and Ben The Bear as you listen to their stories and songs in the Storytelling Lodge!
Debra brings her traveling museum for children to explore including drums, rattles, and even Coyote Teeth! We’ll keep the FIRE burning for you!
The Indian Storystick
With its roots in ancient, tribal teachings, this workshop encourages participants to explore their past as they embark on this life altering experience. While adorning their sticks with ribbon, shell, beads, sweet grass and feathers, participants are guided on a journey of spiritual renewal and self-discovery. In the culmination of this activity, the people come together in the Sacred Circle to share their stories.
All are invited to be part of this deeply moving experience as the Indian Storystick takes you on your Earth Walk of reflection, healing, and self-care.
Are you looking for creative ways to incorporate Native American cultural education into your curriculum? How do you teach the youngest students about the First People of Turtle Island without forcing them to make or wear those pesky paper headbands?
In this workshop, you will learn alternative ways of teaching using Native American stories, children’s games and simple, traditional crafts in a culturally relevant and FUN way in the classroom! No Hollywood Indians allowed in this workshop!