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Bedtime Buckaroos: “The Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest”

Join us as we spark imaginations by hosting virtual bedtime stories with “Bedtime Buckaroos” presented by Paycom.

Storytime plays a vital role in introducing children to the magic of books. Each week we’ll feature a new engaging Western story read by local authors, community leaders, traditional storytellers and Museum staff.

This week, listen to Nykita Talton read “Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest” by Gerald McDermott.

Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it? And if he does, will he be able to escape without being discovered? His dream seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can. “The physical environment, oral literature, and traditional life of the Pacific Coast Indians come alive in this amusing and well-conceived picture book.” —School Library Journal

About the Author

Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre is a Hunkpapa Lakota from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She has worked as a school counselor serving hundreds of students for 15 years. She was named the Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer’s Award winner for her 1st children’s book, Pet’a Shows Misun the Light. Utilizing her teachings from her Lakota culture combined with a school counselor lens, she has published four children’s books, with another being released in 2022. Her passion is to help people remember their importance in life, utilize their unique talents, and create better communities for future generations. She is also a Lakota Jingle Dress Dancer. She loves to educate others about Lakota culture using storytelling combined with traditional song and dance. In 2021, Jessie was named a future legacy leader by the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program, an international organization.

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