"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
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
author of Tell Me a Tale
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.
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)