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Andy Offutt Irwin – Covington, Georgia:

One of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States, Andy is a perennial favorite of the Teller-in-Residence Program at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and he has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival many times.
Andy is the recipient of many awards, but he is tickled as can be to have been patted on the head by his sweet community of peers as they bestowed upon him the Oracle 2013 Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network.
Also, when he gets around to buying a frame he will hang upon his wall:
a Special Congressional RecognitionFor outstanding and invaluable service to the community – from Rep. John Lewis.


Sunny Dooley - Vanderwagon, New Mexico

Sunny Dooley has worked as a storyteller, folklorist and cultural consultant,  collecting, learning and retelling the oral tradition of the Diné Hozhojii Hané (Navajo Blessingway stories). These stories present the world view of the Diné people and details their relationship with their surroundings. She has retold these stories by oral tradition in Navajo and in English for a variety of organizations, universities, elementary schools and conferences throughout the US, Canada, Africa, Europe and Mexico including the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the Denver Arts Museum, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISDI) and programs sponsored by the PEW Charitable Trust.

Sunny has received the Navajos Making a Difference Award at the annual Navajo Studies conference among other prestigious honors. She is currently on the roster of the NMHC Chautauqua Speakers Program, which features specialists on New Mexico history and culture, and has done storytelling workshops with students and teachers (in New York schools) and seniors (at the northern Navajo Medical Center. She founded the Hané Storytelling Festival for indigenous storytellers, and was featured in Jack Hanna’s Zoo Life, the German documentary, Niedergang der Najavos and Miss Navajo, a PBS Independent Lens documentary, in which she spoke about winning the 1982 Miss Navajo Nation pageant that celebrates women and tradition.

 J. Omar Hansen and Lori Prescott Hansen – Rexburg, Idaho

Omar and Lori Hansen have been telling stories in one fashion or another for years. Beginning in their son’s kindergarten class, to children’s theatre producers, and storytelling teachers at BYU-Idaho, telling stories is a way of life.
Omar taught theatre, acting, storytelling, playwriting, mask making and theatre history for twenty years at BYU-Idaho.  A published playwright, he also founded the Tellers and Troubadors Children’s Theatre program, where he wrote and produced the plays that were performed each year to over 2500 elementary and middle-school aged children. Playwright, song writer, storyteller and professional actor (SAG and AEA), Omar brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to Great Bear.
Lori has a degree in Theatre Ed., and has been the primary director for Tellers and Troubadors.
As a storyteller, Lori enjoys telling both personal stories and folktales that highlight strong feminine role models, as well as the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.  Her one-woman show “Becoming An Honorary Crone” does just that, which she has toured throughout Utah and Idaho.
As a tandem-telling duo, the Hansens bring stories to life.  With Omar’s hilarious characters and his original folk music, balanced with Lori’s straight man support and her ability to turn tears of laughter to tears of human understanding, these two  create shows that captivate audiences from all walks of life, young to old!

Anne Rutherford – Portland, Oregon:

Her repertoire includes original fictional tales, ghost stories, tall tales, personal stories, Pacific Northwest Folklore and the occasional knock-knock joke. She’s done many recordings, and her 2016 CD "The Habit of Joy" was a Storytelling World Award Winner. 
 Despite — or perhaps because of — her Catholic upbringing, Anne’s become an award-winning liar. She is four time 1st-place winner at the Northwest Folklife Festival Liar’s Contest in Seattle, and took the grand prize in the NW Tall Tale Challenge in 2016. (Ask her how big her trophies are.) 


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