Program Information

Number of Artists: 1

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, Family, K-2, K-5

Program Length: 45 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Flexible

Maximum Audience Size: 350

Setup Time: Minimal

Breakdown Time: Minimal

Technical Requirements: Microphone

SOL Connections

History and Social Science: K.1, 1.10, 1.12, 2.2, 2.4, 2.10, 2.12, 3.12, USI.2, USI.3, USI.4, VS.2, VS.3, VS.4

English: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.8, 1.2, 1.11, 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.1, 3.6, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.6, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5, 8.3, 9.3, 10.3, 11.3

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $550 - $750


.45 from Harrisburg, PA

Dovie Sickles Thomason

Native Voices: Stories of the First Nations



Program Type

Elementary School Assemblies, Family Concerts, High School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, Staff Development Workshops, Storytelling, Workshops

Subject Areas

Culture Studies, Geography, Life Science, Oral Language, Social Skills Development, US History, Wildlife

Dovie Thomason Sickles is an award-winning storyteller who has been honored by Parents' Choice and The American Library Association. She is recognized internationally for her gift at both transmitting the oral tradition of her Native culture and transforming it for today's world. For over twenty years, she has shared those old Indian stories she first heard from her Kiowa Apache and Lakota relatives, in schools and libraries nationwide and in featured appearances from the Smithsonian and National Geographic to NPR and the BBC. Listeners learn about the values and beliefs of Native peoples as illustrated by the hilarious antics of animals and tricksters, the courage of women and families, and dangers faced in overcoming monsters. Dovie establishes a rapport with audiences of all ages, creating a climate where laughter, learning and respect come together.

Lessons From the Animal People (K-12) Why does Bear hibernate? Why does Rabbit have no tail? Dovie shares animal stories from different tribes that answer questions about Earth and her animal children and teach proper behavior.

Monsters and Courage (Grades 3-12) Dovie tells stories of the monsters and the brave men, women, and children who overcome them. Although they can be scary, these stories are always life-affirming and teach how to overcome fear, deal with evil and look at the "monstrous" mistakes we all can make.

Stories of the Four Directions (K-12) This program offers a sampling of stories from the diverse Native cultures from different regions of the country, including Algonquin, Cherokee, Lakota, Apache, and Pueblo stories.

The Circle of the Family (6-12) This program takes a more serious look at problems which can affect a family, a community or a culture--anger, prejudice, violence--and how these social problems were faced and dealt with in traditional stories.

The Trickster, He Was Going Along (K-12) This program is an intertribal sampling of the trickster stories which are a part of all Native cultures. The stories show the similarities and differences among Native peoples and their stories.