Bend Storytelling Circle presents a fabulous storyteller from New Mexico July 12 at High Ground Community Common House. His concert of stories will be preceded by musical numbers from members of the Bend Ukelele group.
Hayes is coming from Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is one of America’s premier storytellers, a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a distinctive place among America’s storytellers.
Hayes’s tales are a combination of the traditional lore of the American Southwest and his own imagination. The traditional part is based on things people have told him and on what he has learned from reading the work of folklorists and anthropologists.
Hayes own contribution is based on his instincts as a storyteller and his experience of the story along with his listeners.
For many years, he has been the resident storyteller at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe. He has told stories at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and is featured in the book Best Loved Stories Told at the National Storytelling Festival. In 2005, Joe received the Talking Leaves Literary Award from the National Storytelling Network, an award given to members of the storytelling community who have made considerable, serious and influential contributions to the literature of storytelling. Joe has taught storytelling to teachers at the University of New Mexico and been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities.
The Bend Ukelele Group has performed at small as well as large gatherings in Central Oregon. Three of their 111 members will be there on Friday evening. They have a good time and will get everyone off to a great start before settling in to listen to stories.
An Evening of Music and Stories with storyteller Joe Hayes will be held Friday night, July 12, 7pm at Higher Ground Community Common House, 2558 Daggett Lane, Bend.