Dovie Thomason is a Lakota and Kiowa Apache storyteller, author, and activist—in other words, a teacher. Her journey as a storyteller began with the childhood influence of her grandmother from whom she absorbed not only the Kiowa Apache stories of her paternal ancestors, but also the "pan-Indian" stories her grandmother learned during the boarding school era. These timeless stories would eventually form the core of Thomason's highly regarded repertoire, aided by stories shared by teachers from diverse First Nations.
Thomason has represented the United States as the featured storyteller in Estonia and Northern Ireland. She was recently chosen as the Storyteller/Writer-in-Residence for the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba at Winnipeg, Canada, for the winter of 2015. Her storytelling has been featured on countless stages, including the premier TEDx, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, the Barbican Theatre in London, the National Museum of the American Indian and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, where she was the first Indian to appear onstage since Pocahontas.
Thomason has worked as a guest artist in schools and festivals around the world. She advised the UCLA Film School on narrative in modern film, NASA on indigenous views of technology and lent her voice to narrations for the BBC, NPR, PBS, RTE, and the National Park Service. Her lifework as a traditional cultural artist has been honored by the National Education Association, the National Storytelling Network's ORACLE: Circle of Excellence Award, the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers' Traditional Storyteller Award, and the American Library Association.
She is currently working on a novel that weaves traditional stories with fantasy that she hopes to take to ComiCon someday.