Long Time Ago... A Performance by Crit Callebs, Eastern Band Cherokee Storyteller

Crit Callebs, Eastern Band Cherokee Storyteller

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News Release Date: October 25, 2014

Contact: Carol Borneman, (606) 248-2817, extension 1070

The ancient rich resonance of the cedar flute will flow throughout the mountains at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park as traditional Cherokee storyteller Crit Callebs plays for the woodland animals and birds and all who flock to the Wilderness Road Campground amphitheater on Saturday, November 1st at 11:00 a.m. His masterful stories will connect all to the land and animals of the Appalachian Mountains. The beauty and intelligence of Native American ancestral teachings will uplift and inspire!

Crit Callebs (Eastern Band Cherokee descendant) is a traditional hunter, food gatherer, and fire-tender and lives on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation in Washington. He is completing his Master's Degree at Central Washington University (CWU) in Cultural Resource Management with an expertise in treaty rights concerning Indian hunting and fishing.He served as the Native American Liaison at the Center for Diversity and Social Justice and was a very popular guest lecturer for the American Indian Studies program. Crit is a trainer for the "Since Time Immemorial" tribal sovereignty and history curriculum implemented in K-12 classrooms in Washington State. As an active member of the Northwest Indian Storytelling Association he has been a featured storyteller for the Tseil-Waututh Nation, CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, Colville Tribes Youth "Warrior Camp" and is the 2014 Alaska Spirit of Reading storyteller. Crit is also a professional survival trainer and former instructor for the world renowned Boulder Outdoors Survival School. One of his great passions is teaching youth and adults how to be self-reliant in the wilderness. Using his gift of storytelling, Crit travels throughout the U.S. and Canada sharing traditional stories, teaching cultural camps and conducting workshops that promote self-awareness, ancestral skills, and Indigenous values.

The Wilderness Road Campground is located in Virginia, two miles east of the Hwy 25E and Hwy 58 intersection.Visitors should proceed to the amphitheater, located at the end of loop C where parking is available.In case of rain, the free program will be held at the national park visitor center, located on Hwy 25E, just south of Middlesboro, KY.

For information on this free program and other park programs, please call (606) 248-2817, extension 1075 or visit www.nps.gov/cuga. This program is also being co-hosted by the Friends of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and park partner Eastern National. For more information on the Friends of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and how to become involved, please visit www.friendsofcumberlandgap.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofcumberlandgap. Learn how Eastern National supports the educational mission of the National Park Service by visiting www.easternnational.org.


Last updated: April 14, 2015

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