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Youngsters learn ways of Native Americans

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Storyteller Dianne Moran captivates her audience with the "Legend of the Dream Catcher" Monday afternoon at the Sikeston Public Library. Youngsters from the Southeast Missouri YMCA attended the program in the morning while in the afternoon, children attending the Lincoln University summer program took part. Jill Bock, Staff
SIKESTON - They sang. They danced. They played the games American Indian children once played.

In the matter of an hour, youngsters attending the Sikeston Public Library's summer program presented by storyteller Dianne Moran of Richwoods learned the ways of the Native Americans.

A former naturalist with the St. Louis Zoo, Moran blends history, nature and environmental messages into her tales as she entertains. Her stories Monday to children from the summer programs with the YMCA and Lincoln University, helped set the stage for the Public Library's Summer Reading Program, urging youngsters to "Dream Big - Read."

Moran told them the Native American tale behind the dreamcatchers.

Her story wove a respect for nature into the wisdom of the elders as she related how the dream catcher would protect them from bad dreams and bring them good dreams.

I'm asking a lot of them," she said of her young audience. "I want them to gain an enjoyment of nature...maybe a reverence for life."

During the school year, Moran said she is busy almost daily as a storyteller. In the summer, her storytelling takes her across the country.

She relates a variety of tales to her audiences. While Monday, she enthralled the youngsters with life of the American Indians, she was reading up on the Civil War but she said her favorite tales come from the Revolutionary War.

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