Published on December 7, 2012 by Amy
Debra Morningstar has been a professional storyteller for over 23 years. In fact, performing has been part of her life since she can remember. She recalls a day when her third grade teacher told Debra’s mother that her daughter was a “teller of TALL TALES!” From acting in high school plays to community theatre, as a young adult Debra found herself doing both local and regional TV and radio commercials.
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In later years, Debra pursued a social work degree where she committed herself to advocating on behalf of Native Americans. She believes she has now come “full circle” as she uses story and song to touch the hearts of people everywhere!
Today, she weaves tribal stories and drumming into an entertaining and educational cultural presentation. Debra creatively engages her audiences in an uplifting performance using her Indian Story Basket, hand drums, and rattles.
In culminating her presentation, she invites children, students, and families to join her in a Native American Friendship Dance.
Debra also offers outstanding one- and two-day Native Storyteller Residencies, teaching about Native American culture and history. Debra comes dressed in traditional Iroquois/Oneida regalia (not a costume) and brings along her extensive “traveling museum” — which includes artifacts, basketry, corn husk dolls, arrowheads, moccasins, beadwork and more!
It is her hope that she honors the Spirit of her ancestors by sharing her culture through education and storytelling. She also feels a responsibility to the next seven generations to carry on the oral tradition — one that she takes very seriously.
Additionally, Debra offers healing workshops based on Ancient Native teachings, such as The Indian Storystick — using willow, grapevine, leather, beads, feathers, and shells.