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Chaffey College StoryTelling Series

Storytelling Gallery


Students interviewing Celtic storyteller Jim Lewis in Chaffey food court.
Students meeting with Celtic storyteller Jim Lewis in Chaffey food court.
Celtic storyteller Jim Lewis visits with students after his presentation.
One of our younger storytelling fans, Melanie Moore, with Cahuilla/Serrano storyteller Ernest Siva.
Folklore students telling stories at the Chaffey College Children's Center                     
                    Our favorite storyteller, the late Fred "Running Bear" Popejoy, telling Indian stories to a large group
The wonderfully animated Michael McCarty telling stories from Africa                   
   Two students reading fairy tales


MaCarty tells folktales from around the world
By Cynthia E. Rucker (reprint from The Breeze March 26, 2001)
     While the '60s were certainly known for giving birth to progress and social change, folktales were also taking on a new meaning.
     "I began telling stories in the '60s when I was faced with deciding what I would do as a profession," said multi-cultural Storyteller Michael McCarty. He was featured guest March 8 of Dr. Julie LaMay’s folklore class -- The Storytelling Series.
     "I find him to be an incredible human being and a master storyteller, said LaMay. "We were privileged to have someone of his caliber to come to Charley and share his many escapades with us."
     McCarty has traveled throughout numerous countries; including South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, England and Malaysia.
     "Of all of the places that I have visited, I found South Africa and Russia to be the most amazing," he said. While Southern California is attractive because of its weather, he would most prefer to live in Bali, "The star-filled skies and magnificent sunsets are to die for," he said.
     It was through his travels that McCarty began collecting stories to add to his literary repertoire. "My mother once said that if I could read, I could do anything. I found African folktales from some 50-odd countries. I find that stories with no ending are the most intriguing."
     McCarty's storytelling style is said to be full of energy and enthusiasm. What is the key to his storytelling technique? "Me, my mouth, and I," he said. Apparently, that provides the perfect blend for entertaining audiences.
     "I thought that he seemed very adventurous and! enjoyed hearing him talk about the different countries that he had traveled to, especially Bali," said student Makala Hooks.
     McCarty's slogan is: Have Mouth, Will Run It!


Student dies at age 73
By Cynthia E. Rucker (reprint from The Breeze March 26, 2001)
     Funeral services were held recently for Barbara Ann Grimley, a student who was wise beyond her years.
     According to Dr. Julie LaMay, Grimley was a member of the Native American Club and participated in every way.
     "She took my Native American Literature class last semester, as well as the Folklore class," said LaMay.  "I recall her sharing a story on the first day of the Folklore class about a wadded-up $100 that she and her son were throwing back and forth at each other until a dog jumped in and grabbed the bill right out of the air, then quickly ate it.  The student laughed as she told how her son managed to retrieve the money.  We didn't know until later that she made up the entire story.  Her response was:  'Isn't this a class about storytelling?'"
     Several students from the college attended the funeral services and participated in the eulogy.  "I told the audience that the greatest gift that Barbara gave us was spending her last day on earth with us at the StoryTelling Series and how she had spent time interviewing Juan Delgado before his presentation on Mexican storytelling.  In addition, she had received a signed copy of his book."
     Students agree that Grimley was a special person.  "Just before she died, she gave me a beautiful gold coin with a woman and child engraved on it.  Shortly afterward, my girlfriend announced to me that she was going to have a baby,"  student Vincent Galindo said.


The Stories Are Coming! The Stories Are Coming!
By George Peterson and Brian Dragoman

     The Chaffey StoryTelling Series has presented Native American and Celtic storytellers during the last two weeks, which is an important component feature of Dr. Julie LaMay’s Folklore class. All students are invited to attend. The Series will present four more storytellers this semester: Juan DelGado, (Mexico), Poet, 3:00-4:30, Thursday, February 17, Wargin Hall 7; Horse Apple-Two Bear (America), Mountaineer, 3:00-4:30, Tuesday, February 29, Wargin Hall 7; Dr. Ali Issa (African), musician, 3:00-4:30, Thursday, March 9, Wargin Hall 7; Michael McCarty (Africa), Storyteller, 3:00-4:30, Thursday, March 23, Wargin Hall 3. Try to persuade your professor to give you extra credit for going and try everything, including begging and guilt. You can say, "Professor Cargill’s students get extra credit for attending the storytelling." It’s at least worth a try.

     On January 27th, we had the honor of welcoming Tony Cerda to Wargin Hall. Tony Cerda is the leader of the Ohlone tribe of Native Americans. He gave the class some history on his people, including their migration from the San Francisco Bay Area in May of 1863 to their present day location in Chino. Mr. Cerda spoke of the hardships his people have endured over the years, including the treatment they received from the Catholic missionaries. Although he claimed not to be a storyteller, Mr. Cerda still managed to succeed in keeping the audience's attention, especially when relating some of the stories of his people. These stories gave an American Indian perspective on key events, such as the creation of the world and the evolution of his tribe (the Bear Clan.) Following the history and stories of his people, Mr. Cerda hosted a question and answer session with the audience. When asked about the music of his culture, Mr. Cerda produced a hand-made instrument, a clapper stick, and sang a traveling song of his people. This produced a positive response from the audience and many members were seen tapping their feet in time to the music.
     Celtic master storyteller Jim Lewis was the second feature of the series on February 3rd. Stories ranged from Oisin (pronounced O’Sheen) to sekins (seals who turn into people). Mr. Lewis was kind enough to meet with a group of students for an hour before his telling. He said that a storyteller does NOT have to memorize a story (do you think Dr. LaMay was listening?). He did say that the beginning and ending of a story might need to be memorized, and it is important to know the key elements. He said that a story can be told by making a storyboard, and you own the story once you have told it five times. He informed us that recurring images in storytelling, like a caldron or trees, are called "motifs." He seemed to love his job, and the students seemed to sense his sincerity. Mr. Lewis, co-president of the Storyteller’s Guild, is a delightful man and is well suited for his seasonal job as Santa Claus at Nordstrom’s on South Coast Plaza.
     Dr. LaMay’s Ph.D. is in both writing and Indian Literatures. She is the co-advisor of the Native American Student Association, she has been asked to chair the California Indian Conference in October (which will be held right here at Chaffey), and she will be teaching Native American Literatures in the fall. Dr. LaMay’s innovative folklore class is fun. Many students did not expect this added element. We didn’t know much about Folklore when we signed up for the class, but we are both Dr. LaMay’s former students, so we knew we would be in for an exciting adventure. Our class is also going on a field trip to a pow wow in May, and, how’s this for a final? ... student storytelling!

Bows and Arrows - The Flintknapper's Story

By Cynthia Rucker
     Flintknapper, James (Jim)  Bowden, fascinated audience members with his unique collection of bows and arrows on November 18 at the Student Activities Center.  The presentation was sponsored by the Native American Club and was open to all.  Many children were on hand to learn the craft of flintknapping.  Bowden demonstrated various flintknapping techniques and informed the audience about the release of the arrow and its effectiveness with reference to distance.  One of the arrows was said to have the ability to reach approximately 1/2 the distance of a football field.
     Anna Ludwig of Institutional Services said, "I think that the Native American Month festivities were a big success."  Ludwig further stated, "I feel that Chaffey was very fortunate to have the club to present such talent to the campus, which is inclusive of the storytelling and the Hoop-Dancer."  "Plans are underway to present activities geared toward hands on opportunities for children."  English Professor, Dr. Julie LaMay concurred. 
     Bowden exclaimed that he began the craft in 1984 while attending an archeology class.  Bowden said that he and another student began chatting about their unique skills.  "I made my first arrow out of glass," said Bowden.  He further stated that although he learned the art of flintknapping without the use of gloves, he strongly encouraged their use, as well as goggles. 

Running Bear Tells Amazing Stories

By Cynthia Rucker
     Fred "Running Bear" Popejoy amused guests at Wargin Hall on November 17th with his amazing stories.  "One such story, "The Storytelling Stone" had great similarity to an excerpt from the American Literature text by Harper Press," said Native American Club President, David Campio.  Campio also said, "The audience mainly consisted of youngsters from the Children's Center and that there wasn't a good turn-out from campus students."  Dr. Julie LaMay said, "Fred truly has his heart in the right place."  LaMay continued, "He's about 73 years old and has spent most of his lifetime educating the public about the Native Americans.

Running Bear in full regalia telling stories to the delight of a large audience


Chaffey Students Slated to Speak on Native America

Fact vs. Fiction
     Chaffey College student David Campio will be speaking at the English Council of California Two-year College (ECCTYC) conference on October 23rd   in support of the Native American culture.  Another student, Kim Matlock, who was recently recognized here at Chaffey for her outstanding efforts and contributions, will be accompanying Campio at the conference.

Hoop Dancer performs at Chaffey

By Adrian Williams
Chaffey College student David Campio will be speaking at the English Council of California Two-year College (ECCTYC) conference on October 23rd   in support of the Native American culture.  Another student, Kim Matlock, who was recently recognized here at Chaffey for her outstanding efforts and contributions, will be accompanying Campio at the conference.
Dressed in colorful and decorative traditional clothing, Terry Goedel displayed both flexibility and dexterity as he performed the American Indian Hoop Dance, in the quad, Nov. 4.  A Hoop Dancer for 27 years, Goedel was invited by the Native American Club to bring his majestic performance to Chaffey.  
     Goedel began the dance with one hoop. As he progressed he continued to add more and more hoops, eventually bringing the total to 21, to portray a fully grown eagle.  The Hoop Dance tells the story of a young eagle that from birth had an overwhelming desire to fly. Throughout the performance Goedel displays the hoops in a variety of ways to represent birds and butterflies, symbolizing peace and harmony among all creatures, including man.
     The hoops Goedel uses are the color of bone and have various colors wrapped around them. The colors symbolize people from all over the world.
     "As the cultures come together they hold the world in place," Goedel said.  "It's a type of cultural exchange," he said.
     Native American culture has often been misrepresented in the media. "Many people are still holding to the Hollywood image of the Indian," said Goedel. "I try to show them a real part of the American Indian heritage."
     Goedel, who was raised on the Tulalip Indian Reservation 50 miles north of Seattle, has traveled around the world doing his Hoop Dance and other traditional performances.  He has performed in 30 states, Canada, Australia, Denmark and other countries.  He graduated from Brigham Young University where he majored in recreation administration. He now resides in Alta Loma and is a teacher in the Alta Loma School District.
     Goedel strives to keep the diminishing Native American culture alive by performing the Hoop Dance.  "Those who move away form the reservations tend to lose the culture" Goedel said. "Those who remain on the reservation try to keep it alive."