Sidedoor: ep. 24 | cherokee story slam

illustration of rabbit on an alligator

Animals that talk? A bag of fire ants? Secret dancing superpowers? In this episode, Robert Lewis, an acclaimed Cherokee storyteller, spins stories about a legendary troublemaker: Jistu the Rabbit. Along the way, we visit the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, exploring the power stories hold to keep people connected to their culture across time and geographic distance. Experience the transformative power of a good tale.

Want to keep the story slam going? The museum also has videos of Robert Lewis performing on its YouTube channel, so you can experience the magic live. For more information on Robert's life, creative process, and the importance of storytelling to Cherokee culture, check out this PBS piece that recently aired. For hands-on fun, visit the imagiNATIONS activity center at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., or the brand-new imagiNATIONS activity center at the Museum’s George Gustav Heye Center, in New York City. 

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