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Native Storyteller Robert Lewis to Perform in Cape Wednesday Night

Media Advisory
For Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 7-9pm

Contact: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148 or vickie.devenport@wsiu.org

Carbondale, Ill. - Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to cover a public storytelling performance in Cape Girardeau, Missouri by Cherokee Education Specialist and Native American storyteller Robert Lewis (Cherokee / Navajo / Apache) of the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The performance, entitled “Phoenix Rising, Cherokee Voices: Lifeways and Culture,” is free and open to the public and will take place this Wednesday, November 17 at 7pm in Glenn Auditorium, located in Dempster Hall on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. It is sponsored by WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public broadcasting stations of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), and the Shawnee National Forest.

Lewis, who is on his third visit to the region (this is his first storytelling performance in Cape Girardeau), will share enlightening and humorous stories about Cherokee art, culture, and ways of life. Lewis is a charismatic performer and is known for engaging his audiences by inviting people of all ages on stage to perform scenes from traditional Cherokee stories.

Accompanying Lewis this year is artisan and storyteller Gina Burnett, Outreach Coordinator for the Cherokee Heritage Center. Burnett will share the histories of Native artwork and artifacts.

Lewis and Burnett will give two additional performances: on Thursday, November 18 at 7pm at the Harris-Pruett Community Building, 107 East Church Street, in Harrisburg, Illinois and on Friday, November 19 at 7pm at the Student Center, Ballroom D on the SIUC campus in Carbondale, Illinois.

Lewis specializes in conducting outreach classes and services in Art and Storytelling for the Cherokee Nation's Education Department. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Northeastern State University where he teaches evening classes in art and Native crafts.

Lewis and Burnett's visit to the region is funded through a partnership between WSIU Public Broadcasting and the Shawnee National Forest.

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