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Naturalist, storyteller Doug Elliott visits campus Sept. 8

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by CommunityEngagement.
Naturalist, storyteller Doug Elliott

Whether he’s singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, storyteller and author Doug Elliott takes audiences on an unforgettable, multifaceted cultural tour of North America’s backcountry.

Elliott will perform at UNCG Monday, Sept. 8. The event is free and open to the public, and runs from 7-9 p.m. in Elliott University Center Auditorium.

Elliott’s passion for the natural world developed in early childhood roaming the woods and waters around his home. His dad used to say, “That boy knows what’s under every rock between here and town.”

He still roams the woods today. He has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks.

His programs are textured by his use of traditional lore, regional dialects and accents, and enhanced by his soulful harmonica playing. His performances include personal true stories, traditional tales, ancient legends, Native American stories, natural history, folklore, poems, riddles, music and songs.

He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people in the wilderness from downeast Maine to the Florida Everglades.

Elliott’s visit is sponsored by UNCG University Libraries with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund. For more details, contact Barry Miller at 256-0112 or bkmille4@uncg.edu. Full story at UNCG Now.

 

Reposted from UNCG Campus Weekly