Dovie Thomason is an award-winning storyteller, teacher, lecturer and author. She celebrates her Lakota Sioux and Kiowa Apache heritage through traditional stories learned from her grandmother. The importance of choices, whether made by a handsome trickster or an arrogant mouse, are at the heart of her stories. Renowned for her gift of “astonishing vocal transformation” and “word weaving,” she holds her listeners spellbound, enlivening imagination while encouraging discussion rooted in respect.
Thomason has told stories throughout North America and overseas, from powwows, reservations and Indian centers to Belgian castles, Irish cottages and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London. Three-time winner of the American Library Association Notable Recording Award, her past performances include the National Storytelling Festival, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian and the PBS documentary The Call of Story. Her recordings have received awards from Parents’ Choice, Booklist, Audiofile and Storytelling World. Her commitment to traditional cultural arts and education also has been recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts.
Thomason has been a guest artist at the North American Native Writers Conference at the University of Oklahoma, and she has been a trainer and lecturer at Yale University and the American Museum of Natural History. She also was named master teaching artist of a traditional cultural art by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.