Thomas Doty – Storyteller
"I pray that Tom lives for a long, long time so that generations ahead can hear these stories."
"May your path be easy. Continue telling our stories. Keep our Spirit alive."
Agnes Baker-Pilgrim (Taowhywee), Takelma Elder, Spiritual Leader, International Indigenous Grandmother
"Thomas Doty is a cultural treasure. From the Black Hills of South Dakota, to the deserts of the Southwest, to the Oregon Country, he is the best spinner of native myths I have ever heard. And I've heard quite a few."
Dr. John Medicine Horse Kelly (Clealls), Haida Elder, Linguist and Professor of Journalism, Carleton University, Ottawa
"One of the best of Oregon's storytellers!"
Shannon Applegate, Author of Skookum
"Thomas Doty is a treasured Native American storyteller. He has the very real talent to interweave an ancient story with endless wonder and surprise while connecting both the story and the characters with today. When he tells the story, he becomes the character described and the audience is transported to that moment and place."
Gary Albright, Director, Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
"The classes sat completely enraptured and were absolutely mesmerized by your storytelling. The program was more than what we had expected it to be. We hope to see you again."
Third Grade Teaching Team, Maple Grove Primary School, Battle Ground, WA
"Thomas Doty is a master of his art who has the ability to spellbind his audience with spontaneous creations of tales that are fresh and yet faithful in essence to their historical roots."
James Freeman, English Instructor, Bucks County Community College PA, Author of Ishi's Journey
"Doty is a master of both traditional and original Native American stories. His love and understanding of the magic of stories seems to be the source of his amazing talent, not to forget his 28 years of experience."
Charlie Hunter, The Siskiyou, Southern Oregon University, 2009
"Thomas Doty brought Coyote and the stars to life, pacing and panting, dancing and howling, reducing the little kids to hysterical giggles."
Barbara Phelps, Tillamook Headlight Herald
"Thomas Doty's performances were stirring. The kids were transfixed!"
Susan McLaughlin, Academy Talented & Gifted Program, Southern Oregon University
"Thomas Doty is a thorough professional and one of the hardest working individuals I have met in my 45 years as an actor and director. He is constantly researching and exploring materials and means to bring added dimensions to the storytelling experience."
Michael Newell, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles County Schools
"At Ashland's community celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday storyteller Thomas Doty held the crowd spellbound."
Louise Watson, Daily Tidings, Ashland, OR
"It is a rarity indeed when a friend comes along who can relate traditional Native American stories with such clarity and flair! He captures your imagination and transports you back to yesteryear. Many thanks to you and your talent which comes from your Heart, to us, the People."
Talking Quail, Cherokee Nation
"Thomas Doty is a rarity -- a scholar whose work does not smack of lampblack or the dust of archaeology, a poet who brings the power of aptly chosen words to every facet of life, a teacher whose skills delight the young and the old."
Robert Casebeer, Poet and Emeritus Professor, Department of English, Southern Oregon University
Drawing & Photos by Thomas Doty.
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