American Indian Storytelling Program Planned

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Saturday, May 15, at 2 p.m., Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission in association with Inter Tribal American Indians of New Jersey, present traditional American Indian storyteller Bobby Gonzalez at The Lodge in Thompson Park, 1701 Perrineville Road, Jamesburg/Monroe.

This family oriented program, The Boy Who Lived with the Bears & Other American Indian Tales, includes American Indian stories from the Seneca, Mohawk, Creek and other tribes of North America, whose ancient legends relate to native history, culture and values.  Come learn about living with and caring for animals and the environment.

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Bobby Gonzalez is a nationally known American Indian storyteller. His repertoire includes traditional native tales from North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. His family instilled in him a deep pride of his indigenous heritage. As such, he has been an active presence in the local American Indian community for many years, and began storytelling over 20 years ago in order to raise awareness about the Taino of Puerto Rico (his tribal affiliation) and other lesser known native nations of the Americas. He has given presentations at many institutions including the National Museum of the American Indian, Carnegie Hall, and the Detroit Institute of Art.

Inter Tribal American Indians of New Jersey was founded in 1982 to meet the needs of American Indians from North and South America who are now living in New Jersey. Members represent nations including Mohawk, Cayuga, Seneca, Cherokee, Delaware, Apache, Lakota and Hopi.

For more information and to register for this free program, call 732-745-4489. Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. The Lodge is an accessible site. An Assistive Listening System will be in use during the program.


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