TRIBAL (Today’s Role in Becoming America’s Leaders) and Native, Murray State College’s Native American student organizations, are sponsoring Chickasaw storyteller Lorie Robins for a special storytelling presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 20. This is a free presentation for not only Murray students, faculty and staff, but also for the community. The event will be held on the Ardmore campus at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma in Room 8, and will be broadcast via interactive television (ITV) to Tishomingo in Student Services 219.
"Members of Murray's two Native American student organizations are always looking for ways to share native culture and information with fellow students and the community. Having Chickasaw storyteller Lorie Robins come to share such a vital part of a culture so central to southern Oklahoma will be a great opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to share," said Sharon Burris, instructor and sponsor of TRIBAL.
Robins is the great granddaughter of May Pearl Durin, an original enrollee on the Chickasaw Nation Dawes Roll. She was introduced to storytelling by master storyteller Glenda Galvan who Robins accompanied on appearances.
“I would sit, listen and watch how she had the whole audience of all ages enter into another world,“ says Robins. “The traditional way of storytelling is by the mother giving her stories to her daughters, and they, in turn, would give them to their daughters.”
Since Galvan was a mother of sons, she feared her stories would end with her. She was told that she could adopt a daughter to carry on her stories. Galvan asked Lorie Robins.
“With great honor, I accepted when she asked me,” says Robins. “And I have been having the time of my life ever since.”
Come hear Robins tell stories on Wednesday, November 20. The event is free and open to the public.