Florence Dunham, a Mohawk who grew up on a reservation in Ottawa, won first prize at a storytelling competition when she was only 12. "A lot of people on my reservation seem very articulate," she says. "It runs in my family, and it just seems natural." Dunham, who now lives in Uptown and works as a job counselor for the Native American Educational Services College, will tell Iroquois stories as part of Winter: A Time of Telling, sponsored by the Newberry Library's Center for Public Programs and its D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of American Indians as well as the Native American Cultural Center of Chicago. Several other Native American storytellers are also on the program, which runs from 7 to 9 PM Saturday, February 3, at the library, 60 W. Walton. For more information call 784-0808.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo / Peter Barreeras.