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Kiowa and Caddo Songs, Stories and Dance Coming to Del City Library

KiowaNearly everyone likes a good story, and that’s why the art of storytelling will never die. 

You can hear master storyteller Kricket Rhoads share Kiowa and Caddo songs and stories at the Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th, on Tuesday, September 30, 2008, from 6:30 to 7:30pm. 

Rhoads is currently the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Historic Jacobson House in Norman, and is working toward a degree in Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma.  She has toured the state and region with her unique gift for re-creating the history and culture of the Kiowa and Caddo tribes through music, dance and narrative.

“We’re lucky we were able to book Kricket for Del City,” said library manager Melissa Weathers.  “When we had a chance to bring her here to perform for our library customers, we jumped at it.”

Rhoads has been sharing Native American culture for nearly 20 years, since she was recruited as a child to help an adult storyteller with a play.  Rhoads began her own journey of storytelling when she was 18.  She has more recently appeared in the movie “The Alamo” and on the television program “Walker, Texas Ranger.” 

"At 18,” Rhoads said earlier this year, “most people are getting their first apartment and don't really know who they are. Telling stories made me delve into who I was and where I came from. It really made me look more at my heritage.”

“Kiowa and Caddo Songs, Stories and Dance” is suitable for all ages and the program is free of charge, but seating is limited.  For more information, call the Del City Library at 672-1377.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org