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In this two-CD companion to his book, Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle reaches far back into tribal memory to offer a deeply personal collection of stories woven from the supernatural, mythical, historical and oral accounts of Choctaw people living today. Joseph Bruchac, an admirer of Tim’s work, says, “...these stories will stay with you and lend you some of their strength.”
Tim Tingle lives outside San Antonio, Texas, and travels throughout the country telling stories.
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In considering which stories to include in Walking the Choctaw Road, a primary consideration was the question, "What is Choctaw?" I chose to include stories that, in my estimation, best reflect the history and beliefs of the Choctaws: members of the Oklahoma Choctaw Nation and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Seen as a body, the narratives hopefully will give the reader a sense of what it is to be Choctaw, and why the Choctaws have operated so successfully in mainstream American society.
In collecting Choctaw stories, I have done so as an independent endeavor, seeking out friends and relatives of friends. I have listened to stories told by total strangers in locations as diverse as the waiting room of the Choctaw Health Center in Talihina, Oklahoma, and the old tribal graveyard at the capitol grounds in Tuskahoma. I have been honored to enter the homes of older Choctaws who knew they were near death and who probably considered the interview as something of a summation of their life story.From the Inside Flap:
From JOSEPH BRUCHAC, author of TELL ME A TALE: For a good many years now, Tim Tingle has been one of my favorite American storytellers. Invariably, his narratives honor the Choctaw traditions of his ancestors. Yet they are told with such poetic clarity that any good listener, whether Indian or not, will feel invited into that world, a place of memory and song, courage, magical reality, and the extraordinary lives of everyday folks. Delivered in Tim’s quiet, down-home Indian voice, they’re the sort of lesson stories that stick to you like a burr.
The good news for readers is that these written versions of Tim’s tales lose none of the gentle intensity of his memorable oral tellings. Their subjects range from the Trail of Tears to memories of his own childhood. They run the gamut from magical narratives of shape-shifters and escaping slaves seeking refuge among the Choctaws to an elder’s recollections of finding friendship in the bitter barracks of an Indian boarding school. Walking the Choctaw Road, like one of those old Choctaw chants that kept the people’s feet going along the long journey, will stay with you and lend you some of its strength. Cross the river with these stories—they’ll give you safe passage.
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Book Description Cinco Puntos Press, 2004. Audio CD. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110938317822