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In this two-CD companion to his book, Choctaw storyteller 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. Joseph Bruchac, an admirer of Tim’s work, says, “…these stories will stay with you and lend you some of their strength.”

Tim Tingle lives outside San Antonio, Texas, and travels throughout the ...

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Overview

In this two-CD companion to his book, Choctaw storyteller 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. Joseph Bruchac, an admirer of Tim’s work, says, “…these stories will stay with you and lend you some of their strength.”

Tim Tingle lives outside San Antonio, Texas, and travels throughout the country telling stories.

A collection of twelve stories of the Choctaw people, including traditional lore arising from beliefs and myths, historical tales passed down through generations, and personal stories of contemporary life.

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"Sophisticated narrative devices and some subtle character nuances give these stories a literary cast, but the author’s evocative language, expert pacing, and absorbing subject matter will rivet readers and listeners both." —Booklist

"Poetic language and a compelling but quiet voice honor the Native American traditions for both the native and the non-native reader." —Kirkus Reviews

"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." —The Midwest Book Review

"Storyteller Tim Tingle shares what it means to be Choctaw through 11 moving tales. His subjects range from the 'Trail of Tears' to 'Tony Byars,' one man’s account of finding friendship amidst enormous sorrow during his seven-year confinement in an Indian boarding school." —Publishers Weekly

"Tingle is as skilled a storyteller as a collector. His compilation of Choctaw folklore is a pleasure to read, from introduction to final tale… This volume is a fine addition to any library’s folklore, storytelling, multicultural history, or literature collection." —VOYA

" Tingle is at the top of his order; with the likes of Joseph Bruchac and Gail Ross, Indians whose intuitive grasp of the deep relationship between stories and the land and cultural survival makes their tellings into semi-mystical events…There is a luminosity of spirit to all of [the stories]." —San Antonio Express-News

"Tim Tingle, a well-known Choctaw storyteller, has selected a variety of stories that reflect Choctaw history and folklore…This book would be very useful as a resource for history, cultural studies, folklore and storytelling, and might inspire others to collect oral history and family stories." —Multicultural Children's Literature

"Love and respect for the family, the elders, pride of heritage and a strict code of honesty are dominant themes throughout the book. Mr. Tingle’s writing impressed me. Students and adults alike should read this book. It certainly commands a place in every school library." —Plum Creek Almanac

Joseph Bruchac

For a good many years now, Tim Tingle has been one of my favorite American storytellers. Invariably, his narratives honor the Choctaw traditions of his ancestors. Yet they are told with such poetic clarity that any good listener, whether Indian or not, will feel invited into that world, a place of memory and song, courage, magical reality, and the extraordinary lives of everyday folks. Delivered in Tim's quiet, down-home Indian voice, they're the sort of lesson stories that stick to you like a burr.

The good news for readers is that these written versions of Tim's tales lose none of the gentle intensity of his memorable oral tellings. 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. Cross the river with these stories-they'll give you safe passage.
author of Tell Me a Tale

Publishers Weekly
In Walking the Choctaw Road: Stories from Red People Memory, storyteller Tim Tingle shares what it means to be Choctaw through 11 moving tales. His subjects range from the "Trail of Tears" to "Tony Byars," one man's account of finding friendship amidst enormous sorrow during his seven-year confinement in an Indian boarding school. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
"Chata hapia hoke!" or "We are proud to be Choctaw!" is the feeling that pervades this lively collection of 11 Choctaw tales. Tim Tingle, a well-known Choctaw storyteller, has selected a variety of stories that reflect Choctaw history and folklore. Two of the tales are family stories about Tingle's father and grandmother. An enlightening introduction gives some background on Choctaw history and culture and explains how he collected the stories from other Choctaw storytellers in Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma. The tales are arranged chronologically from an 1800 story of Choctaws helping runaway slaves, to a more recent story about Tingle's grandmother. Every tale begins with a brief introduction, and many old, black-and-white photos are included throughout the book. Some of the tales are scary. Some are humorous. Some deal with the oppression and injustice of European Americans toward the Choctaw; but all reflect the triumph and survival of the Choctaw people. This book would be very useful as a resource for history, cultural studies, folklore and storytelling, and might inspire others to collect oral history and family stories. A glossary, bibliography and Choctaw songs are included. 2003, Cinco Puntos Press,
VOYA
In many folklore collections, readers rely on the plots of the various tales to draw them in, for the skill of the author is in the collecting, not the telling. Fortunately, Tingle is as skilled a storyteller as a collector. His compilation of Choctaw folklore is a pleasure to read, from introduction to final tale. His writing pulls readers into each tale, whether the theme is more personal essay or true legend with a captivating plot. The chapters range from family legends of the Trail of Tears to supernatural tales suitable for any campfire and from animal legends to a story of Tingle's own Choctaw grandmother. Arranged in roughly chronological order, the tales are a folklorist's history of the Choctaw over the past two and a half centuries. It is also the author's personal folklore collection as an example of how one can look at one's cultural history and personal history to find stories worth remembering and retelling. This volume is a fine addition to any library's folklore, storytelling, multicultural history, or literature collection. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Cinco Puntos Press, 142p.; Illus., Ages 11 to 18.
—Beth Karpas
Kirkus Reviews
A superb storyteller, Tingle has collected Choctaw tales from his great-grandfather's account of the Trail of Tears to his own tale of a summer with his father. That summer the two-with contrasting ideas and thoughts-worked side-by-side and came to respect one another. The battle, Tingle says, went on for 20 more years until during the last ten when they became best friends. But the most gripping tale is Tingle's account of his own youth and the day he realized his grandmother was blind, and the day years later when the family all gathered as his grandmother underwent one of the first eye-transplant surgeries. Poetic language and a compelling but quiet voice honor the Native American traditions for both the native and the non-native reader. This collection may need some advertising, but readers who discover it will come to appreciate the tales. (Short stories. 10-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780938317821
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 1CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle makes his living telling stories and teaching folklore at schools, universities and festivals nationally. The Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers selected Tim as "Contemporary Storyteller of the Year" for 2001. Tim Tingle lives in Canyon Lake, Texas, near San Antonio.
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