Awards

1986: Master Teaching Artist, Connecticut Commission on the Arts

1988: Master Traditional Artist, National Endowment for the Arts

1992: Parents’ Choice Gold Award for recording, Wopila: A Giveaway

1994: Master Traditional Arts Mentor, New England Foundation for the Arts

1997: ALA Notable Recording Award for Lessons from the Animal People

1998: ALA/Booklist Editor’s Choice Award for Lessons from the Animal People 

1998: Audiofile Earphones and Storytelling World Awards for Lessons from the Animal People

2000: Parents’ Choice Award for Fireside Tales: More Lessons from the Animal People 

2000: The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions, support grant for European tour of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales with Traveler Communities

2001: Storytelling World Award for Tales from Across the Ocean audiorecording (multi-artist international colloboration)

2001Storytelling World Award for More-Ready-to-Tell-Tales, August House

2002: ALA Notable Recording Award for Fireside Tales: More Lessons from the Animal People 

2002: Traditional Storyteller of the Year, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers 

2004: Just-Stories Fellow (Angels Studio, Chicago) for work on race and social justice for my original story, “The Spirit Survives”: An introduction to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School

2005: Arts International Fellow, for work in Celtic countries with Traveler Communities

2006: Emmy Award, documentary, Mystic Voices: The Pequot War, narrator

2007: -to present- Smithsonian Scholar, Smithsonian Associates, Long Beach, CA, Washington D.C, Kansas City, KA, Bismark, ND

2007: Circle of Excellence Award, National Storytelling Network

2007: Rodale Grant, working with Hospice Care and bereaved children, Bethlehem, PA

2011: Featured Cultural Artist, European Union City of World Culture, Tallinn, Estonia performing, touring, lecturing on indigenous oral tradition and traditional culture in 21st century

2011: Recipient, as mentor, with A. Booth, apprentice, the J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant, National Storytelling Network

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