Walking the Choctaw Road
Stories from the Heart and Memory of the People
Publication Date: January 2003
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Weaving traditional lore, oral histories and everyday life, Tim Tingle's stories teach us the Choctaw Way.
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.
"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