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Choctaw Storyteller Tim Tingle At Mariposa Storytelling Festival

Submitted by Cara Goger –

MARIPOSA — Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw whose great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835. He is an award-winning author and storyteller and will be making his third appearance at the Mariposa County Arts Council’s Storytelling Festival.

The 30th Mariposa Storytelling Festival will be celebrating its Grand Finale weekend, Mar. 10 – 12, at the Mariposa County High School. Sunday’s “Brunch and Stories with the Tellers” will be at the Mariposa Senior Center.

As a storyteller, Tingle brings the lore of the Choctaw Nation to life in lively historical, personal, and traditional stories. He plays the Native American flute and often accompanies himself with an assortment of gourd rattles and drums, adding a haunting dimension to his performance. Vocal chants and hymns sung in the Choctaw language compliment his stories.

His first children’s book, Crossing Bok Chitto, garnered over twenty state and national awards, and was an Editor’s Choice in the New York Times Book Review. A featured speaker at the National Book Review, Tim has performed at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, National Storytelling Festival and numerous festivals and schools across the globe.  He has also completed over eleven speaking tours for the U.S. Department of Defense, performing stories to children of military personnel stationed in Germany.

Tickets may be purchased online at, or contact the Mariposa County Arts Council at (209) 966-3155 or (800) 903-9936 for more information.

To learn more about Tim Tingle, visit his website at

The MARIPOSA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL, INC. is an incorporated not-for-profit organization, created to promote and support all forms of the cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County and is funding in part by Mariposa County, the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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