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Stories from Red People Memory

by Tim Tingle
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YALSA Audio List for Young Adults
Oklahoma Book Award
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Gold Winner, 2004

Product Details

10-digit ISBN0-938317-82-2
13-digit ISBN9780938317821
Also Available InHardcover, Paperback
Running Time4 hours, 13 minutes
Publication DateMay 1, 2004
RightsAll Rights Available
Read an excerpt from the introduction as well as the story "Trail of Tears" here.

In this four-CD companion to his book Walking the Choctaw Road , Tim Tingle reaches far back into tribal memory to offer a deeply personal collection of stories woven from the supernatural, mythical, historical and oral accounts of Choctaw people living today.

“Oklahoma” comes from the Choctaw word “Okla Homma,” meaning “Red People.” In this, his first collection of stories, acclaimed storyteller and folklorist Tim Tingle tells the stories of his people, the Choctaw People, the Okla Homma. For years Tim has collected the stories of the old folks, weaving those tales into his own stories, mixing traditional lore with stories from everyday life. Thus, Walking the Choctaw Road has a mixture of contemporary stories of Choctaw people living their lives right now, historical accounts passed down from generation to generation, and stories arising from beliefs and myths.

In one of the eleven stories, Tim tells how audiences are always wanting to hear stories about the Indian Wars, so he tells about his own Indian War, which he calls “Archie’s War,” the 20-year war between his father and him which ended in hard-won respect and love for them both. In another he lets a five-year-old boy tell us a magical, tragic tale about “The Trail of Tears” when the U.S. government forcibly removed the Choctaw people from their homeland to Oklahoma. And in another a Choctaw preacher tells about his grandmother, a healing woman, who has a beyond-death relationship with her protector dog, Shob.

Stories in Walking the Choctaw Road include:
  • Crossing Bok Chitto
  • The Beating of Wings
  • Trail of Tears
  • Bones on the Brazos
  • Caleb
  • The Choctaw Way
  • Brothers
  • Lizbeth and the Madstone
  • Tony Byars
  • Archie's War
  • Saltypie
  • We Are a People of Miracles

Joseph Bruchac, storyteller and author:
"Walking the Choctaw Road, like one of those old Choctaw chants that kept the people's feet going along the long journey, will stay with you and lend you some of its strength. Delivered in Tim's quiet, down-home Indian voice, they're the sort of lesson stories that stick to you like a burr. Cross the river with these stories—they'll give you safe passage."

Teachers: Walking the Choctaw Road is perfect for the classroom as a supplemental resource and here's a teacher's guide to help. This guide was created by the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma folks after Walking the Choctaw Road won the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Statewide Literary Book Contest for 2005!
School Library Journal
Tim Tingle, Choctaw storyteller, performs his own collection of 12 stories from his book of the same title. His resonant and warm voice, leavened with occasional accents and colored by characters' varying moods, offers immediate intimacy and accessibility to listeners who learn more than a bit of history as well as enjoy several fanciful spins through folklore. The plots here range widely from the Trail of Tears and a slave escape to world mythology and Tingle's own adolescence during the Vietnam War era. Each CD presents three stories in their entirety and is clearly marked with the track number at which each begins. Tingle's presentation is elegant in its simplicity, and he provides ample contextual details to promote full comprehension of his characters' dilemmas and personal victories without those same details seeming the least pedagogic. For all public and school collections, this audiobook can be satisfyingly promoted for both curricular and entertainment uses.
Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle tells stories that range from legends of the early Choctaw to the horrors of the Trail of Tears and more recent tales involving his own family. His is a storyteller's presentation, with exaggerated voice changes and intense verbal emphasis. While the presentation is much like that used in telling stories to children, these stories are for adults and teens who can understand the horror of a mother carrying her dead baby westward or that of a family massacred because racist white settlers didn't want Indians in their community. Listeners accustomed to book narrations by professional actors will find this collection radically different.
Midwest Book Review
Written by acclaimed Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle, Walking The Choctaw Road is a delightfully presented, inherently entertaining, and thoughtfully informative collection of original tales drawn from personal, mythical, and oral accounts. Written in a down-to-earth, highly accessible style, Walking The Choctaw Road is a joy to read, embracing tribal traditions with wry humor, enhanced with liberal highlights of both energy and excitement. Walking The Choctaw Road is an enthusiastically recommended contribution to personal reading lists and Native American Studies collections.
- August 9, 2003 
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