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21st SOMOS Storytelling Festival
SOMOS presents the Grand Finale Event of the Storytelling Festival

Oct 10, 2020 07:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Gayle Ross
Gayle Ross is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and a direct descendant of John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee during the infamous “Trail of Tears.” During the past twenty-five years, Gayle has appeared at almost every significant storytelling festival, folk festival in the United States and Canada, as well as theaters and performance arts halls throughout the U.S. and Europe. From the kindergarten classroom to the college campus to the Kennedy Center, Gayle has enthralled audiences of all ages. Whether she is provoking laughter with a Trickster tale or moving her listeners to tears with a haunting myth, Gayle is truly a master of the age-old craft of storytelling. Gayle has opened for such distinguished speakers as Maya Angelou, N. Scott Momaday, and Alice Walker, and she has appeared with such noted Native American artists as Rita Coolidge, Wes Studi, Kevin Locke, and John Trudell.
Pat McCabe
Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human. Her primary work at the moment is: • The reconciliation between the masculine and feminine, Men’s Nation and Women’s Nation • Remembering, recreating or creating anew a narrative for the Sacred Masculine • Addressing the Archetypal Wounding that occurred in our misunderstanding and abuse of technology in prayer, ceremony and science
Cisco Guevara
Local storytelling legend, owner of Los Rios River Runners, and multigenerational New Mexican Francisco “Cisco” Guevara will be back with us for his fifteenth appearance on the Taos Storytelling Festival stage. Cisco draws his outrageously true stories from his Hispanic and Indian heritage, and from his dynamic experiences as a river guide over the last quarter century. Some say he understands the language of the beaver, the mountain lion, and the famous dipper bird, which walks underwater. Cisco can also tell you which trails renegade bandits followed in 1897. Journey with Cisco on Saturday night down the wild rivers of his storied life.