The Orange County Historical Museum will be holding an online Native American storytelling event on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
The event will feature Lawrence Dunmore, a historian and storyteller from the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation.
Dunmore is also an attorney adviser on Federal Indian Law for the Office of Child Support Enforcement. He is in the process of writing a book about Native American stories.
Courtney Smith, the exhibits and programs coordinator, said that Dunmore was returning as a special guest after he performed Native American ghost stories last October for OCHM.
“We are offering the program in conjunction with our current exhibit, ‘Yésah: Journeys of the Occaneechi,’" Smith said. "Mr. Dunmore told Occaneechi Ghost stories back in October. The program was so well-received that we asked him for an encore."
According to a press release from the museum, the Yésah exhibit features artifacts created and loaned by members of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation.
“It explores the many physical and cultural journeys made by the Occaneechi – from prehistoric times to the present,” the press release said.
“Currently, other members of the tribe are giving several presentations encompassing the culture and arts of the Occaneechi band of the Saponi,” Dunmore said.
Dunmore will be telling family-friendly stories from the Occaneechi, as well as from other tribes from the Southeast and Nations from Turtle Island.
His stories will focus on animal and ghost stories, and will include moral lessons which he hopes leave listeners feeling like they learned about the culture and themselves.
“These stories will deal with different animals, we will also include ghost stories from my tribe, as well as some light entertainment,” Dunmore said.
Dunmore hopes that the event will allow attendees to learn more about the Occaneechi Saponi culture and the lessons included in the culture.
Tickets to the online event are free and can be registered for through the Orange County Historical Museum’s website. The event will be recorded for those who are interested but are unable to attend.
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