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Native American Legend Keeper Set to Share Stories at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Wed Nov 7 2012

HICKORY, N.C. — In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Lenoir-Rhyne University is pleased to welcome Ramona Moore Big Eagle to campus on Monday, November 12 at 10:00am in the McCrorie Center room 213. This program is free and open to the community.

Ramona Moore Big Eagle, M.Ed. (Tuscarora/Cherokee) is an Oral Historian and Legend Keeper of the Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina. An enrolled member of the Nation, Ramona has served on the Tribal Council and in various other capacities for the Tuscarora. She earned a Master of Education Degree from East Tennessee State University in Reading and Storytelling and a Bachelor of Art Degree in Psychology from Catawba College. As the Director of Heritage School, Ramonataught students for over ten years. Ramona travels throughout the United States and Canada as a motivational speaker, cultural educator, consultant, workshop facilitator and storyteller. Her workshops and programs of American Indian culture and history delivered through the art of Storytelling, authentic artifacts, music, drumming, dance, and crafts have been educating and empowering audiences of all ages since 1978.

Ramona is the CEO and President of Dare to Soar Enterprises, founder and president of the Storytellers Guild of Charlotte, Inc., a member of the National Storytelling Network, and the NC and SC Storytelling Guilds. A winner of numerous awards and recognition as a professional speaker and storyteller, Ramona has been a featured speaker at various literacy and association conferences, schools, libraries, corporate meetings, museums, historical sites, festivals, churches, and camps. Ramona also teaches at the University of Phoenix and was honored as Teacher of the Year in drama for 2001-2002 at Community School of the Arts.

When presenting American Indian Culture, Ramona erases stereotypes and myths concerning the culture and provides programming that covers aspects of daily life in lodging, clothing, survival techniques, artifacts, foods, art, dance, stories, language, music, and beliefs from the past to the present. Participants experience American Indian culture through hands on and engaging activities.

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