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In November 2008, WSIU hosted storyteller, Robert Lewis, from the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Robert delighted audiences with his unique storytelling style, when he entertained school children at the Egyptian school in Tamms, IL, as well as a full house in the Student Center auditorium on the campus of Southern Illinois University.

Robert is a storyteller and Lead Village Interpreter for the Cherokee Heritage Center and he has been telling native stories for several years in area schools and communities throughout northeastern Oklahoma, California and Arkansas. He recently traveled to Red Clay, Tennessee, to represent the Cultural Outreach program for the Cherokee Heritage Center. On the request of the Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Robert has shared stories in many venues. He has a unique storytelling style which involves the participation of the audience.

In addition to this gift for storytelling, Robert can be found giving tours of Cherokee lifestyles in the ancient village of the Cherokee Heritage Center. He recently completed his first storytelling CD. Robert has a BA in Fine Art and is an adjunct instructor in the art department at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.

While Robert was in Carbondale, he came to the WSIU Studios and recorded radio and television interviews. Click the buttons below to listen and watch.


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