HOISINGTON — Native American storyteller and musician Keith Bear plans to visit Hoisington’s elementary schools for five days at the end of September.
Stephanie Kaiser from the Hoisington Elementary Parents Association said the group hopes to schedule one evening event that is open to the public.
According to his website, keithbear.net:
Keith Bear (O’Mashi! Ryu Ta - “Northern Lights”) is a world renowned Mandan-Hidatsa storyteller and musician from the Three Affiliated Tribes in Fort Berthold, North Dakota.
After growing up outside the tribal traditions Keith Bear returned to his people and reconnected through the “sacred branch of the Tree of Life,” the flute. Through extended family members, friends, and ceremonies Bear learned traditional songs, beadwork, porcupine quillwork, flute music and traditional stories.
Keith brings his mesmerizing presence and wisdom to schools, youth programs and camps. Residencies work across the curriculum through art, music, science, history and language arts. Through storytelling and Native arts he teaches students respect for self and elders, integrity, reverence for the earth and appreciation of diversity.