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Bedtime Buckaroos: “Thunder’s Hair”

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 “Thunder’s Hair” by Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre (Author), Erin Walker-Jensen (Illustrator)

“Thunder is tired of dealing with bullies at school who pick on him because of his long hair. They don’t understand why a boy would grow his hair long. When he is sure he has made up his mind to cut it, his grandmother reminds him of the power of having long hair.”

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.

About the Reader

Courtney Tsotigh-Yarholar is a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe and a certified teacher for Edmond Public Schools, Indian Education Program providing college and career preparation for high school students. Courtney was recently KOCO’s Teacher of the Month Award recipient and is a level one credentialed language teacher for the Kiowa Tribe Language and Cultural Revitalization Program. Courtney is a proponent of the retention, continuance, and sharing of traditional knowledge and culture to ensure the success of future indigenous generations.

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