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Children's & Youth Services | Performer's Database | Historical and Native American

Performer's Database

theater masksThis performer listing was created by the South Dakota State Library as a service to public libraries and other organizations that want to hire quality performers for their children's programs. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of any individual or group listed. Not all performers work well under all circumstances and with every age group. The South Dakota State Library strongly advises all libraries and organizations to carefully check references before hiring anyone.

Performers, use this form to submit your contact information. This form can also be used to update your previously listed information as well. Please fill it out as completely as possible and your submission will be reviewed by our content committee before inclusion on the website. Thank you!

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Historical and Native American

Adam Miller — Folksinger, Storyteller, and Autoharp Virtuoso Web Link to Adam Miller

Adam Miller

Program Description: Adam Miller’s award-winning, multi-cultural, sing-along “Singing Through History” library programs help youngsters develop active listening skills — emphasizing the importance of history as a story well told — and foster a lifelong love of literature, reading, and listening to stories.

Contact: Adam Miller
P.O. Box 951, Drain, Oregon 97435
650-804-2049; autoharper@earthlink.net Email Link

Further Details: $400 per program, Public Library; Statewide/Nationwide Travel Range; For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American, Music, Storytelling, Workshops


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Barbara Kellogg

Barbara Kellogg

Program Description: Ms. Kellogg tells a variety of stories with themes relating to the Ozarks, immigrants, Native Americans, healing and sacred stories. The use of hand puppets, surprise endings and “solve the mystery” are included in some programs.

Contact: Uplifting Stories
66 Y Street, Lake Lotawana, MO 64086
816-578-4825
kellraybarb@att.net Email Link

Further Details: $95 performance, $50 additional performances in same school district or library system the same day; Will book tours; Lodging and mileage/air fare and meals; Travel Range is Statewide, season and weather pending; For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American, Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Storytelling


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Dallas Chief Eagle IIWeb Link to South Dakota Arts Council: Dallas Chief Eagle II

Dallas Chief Eagle

Program Description: Hoop Dance performance by Dallas Chief Eagle and children. Includes a hands-on people's hoop dance, children's game and storytelling. Audience participants get to hoop dance too.

Contact: HC 1 Box 39, Martin, SD 57551-9503
605-685-1135 or 605-685-4701;
dchiefe@gwtc.net Email Link

Further Details: $600/ performance (Arts Council matching funds may be available); $100/ Additional Workshop or Dancers; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Dance, Historical and Native American, Storytelling, Workshops


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Elementary, My Dear Watson! Web Link to Sherlock Holmes pastiches

Jeff Falkingham

Program Description: Costumed skits, slide shows, interactive discussions and hands-on activities are used to introduce young adults to Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle and his greatest creation, the crime-solving duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Presenter Jeff Falkingham is a Browns Valley, MN native whose published works of historical fiction bring Holmes to Minnesota and the Dakotas in the late 1800s.

Contact: Jeff Falkingham
8585 Braxton Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
952-465-1662; Jeff@cccaper.com Email Link

Further Details: $300, plus mileage (discount for multiple bookings in a single trip); East River schools and libraries; Grades 5-12
Category: Historical and Native American, Storytelling


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Jean L. S. Patrick, author Web Link to Jean Patrick's website

Jean Patrick author

Program Description: Dressed in a replica of a 1931 baseball uniform, children’s author Jean Patrick dramatizes the true story of The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth. Upon request, she also shows the process of researching and writing a book. Jean’s lively, interactive presentation emphasizes teamwork, encouragement, and perseverance.

For additional workshops and presentations, visit www.jeanpatrick.com.

Contact: Jean L.S. Patrick
204 W. Havens #210, Mitchell, SD 57301
605-996-2110 (please leave message); jean@santel.net Email Link

Further Details: $150 for libraries, plus travel. (A grant from the SD Humanities Council Speakers Bureau can cover the honorarium and travel expenses. Application & grant application fee must be submitted 4-6 weeks in advance. Please contact for more details.)
Category: Historical, Storytelling, Workshops

Jim Two Crows Wallen Web Link to jim two crows dot com

Jim Two Crows Wallen

Program Description: Stories and programs/workshops include: “Buckskins, Furs & Calico”, “Did Granddad Really Say That?… True Tales and Other Lies”, “Down The Santa Fe Trail”, “Grandma Told Me! Collecting and Sharing Your Family Stories”, “Tipi Days (Tepee Days)”, “Two Crows’ Fur Company”, and “We're Off! To The Gold Fields”.

Contact: Deborah Wallen
608 East Kansas Street, Independence, Missouri 64050-4011
816-245-6510 or 1-888-4-2CROWS;
twocrows@sunflower.org Email Link Web Link to Two Crows Facebook Page

Further Details: $500 for 1 to 2 performances plus travel expenses, discounts available for multiple performances, tour packages; Mileage, Meal and Travel Reimbursements; Statewide Travel Range; For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American, Storytelling


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KG & The Ranger Web Link to KG and The Ranger

KG and The Ranger

Program Description: Husband and wife duo, specializing in the cowboy songs from the Hollywood cowboys like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, etc. Fun and varied western show which includes rope-tricks, an 8 foot tall cowboy, sing-along cowboy songs and yodeling.

Contact: Karen Gogolick & Rick Roltgen
2517 Waunona Way, Madison WI 53713
608-222-4084; kg@kgandtheranger.com Email Link

Further Details: For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American, Music


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Margie Reitsma, The Story Connection

Margie Reitsma, The Story Connection

Program Description: As a professional storyteller, Margie shares stories with children and adults in libraries, schools and at community events throughout the Midwest. Program options include summer reading programs adapted for specific themes, family shows, school assembly shows, and many more.

Contact: Margie Reitsma
1018 College Ave., Adrian, MN 49221-2516
712-737-2472
mreitsma@rconnect.com Email Link

Further Details: $100 for single performance and reduced prices for sequential bookings (other performances on same day in same area); Mileage and Lodging provided; Statewide Travel, prefering block booking for touring; For All Ages, 4-94
Category: Historical and Native American, Storytelling

Mark Armato

Program Description: Tales of Lewis and Clark Come and listen to the wonderful stories of the Lewis and Clark Expedition! This American epic has given us incredible tales of danger, hardships, fortitude and undaunted courage. Just the kind of stories that make history come alive and fun for young audiences. Mark Armato appears as a costumed member of the Corps of Discovery.

Contact: 1009 NE 97th Street, Kansas City, MO 64155
(816) 734-1745; samhanvin@aol.com Email Link

Further Details: $300 for 1-2 performances, additional performances are $100 each; Travel Expenses; Statewide Travel; For classes Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Category: Historical and Native American, Storytelling


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Oneida Storyteller

Oneida Storyteller

Program Description: If you've ever wondered where stars come from or how turtle cracked his shell, Oneida storyteller, Debra Morningstar has a native legend just for you!! She engages her audiences in a lively and interactive format using an Indian Storybasket, hand drums, flute, and rattles. In culminating her presentation, she invites children, students, and families to join her in a Native American Friendship Dance.

Contact: Debra Morningstar
Neenah, WI
(920) 836-2971, cell (920) 915-4154
dawest@centurytel.net Email Link Web Link to Morning Star Speaks Facebook Page

Further Details: Starting at $350, discounts for multiple bookings; Mileage Reimbursement; Requirements include electrical outlet is appreciated; Statewide/National Travel; For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American


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Rosie Cutrer Web Link to Rosie Cutrer

Rosie Cutrer

Program Description: Rosie's programs are a lively blend of stories and music (autoharp, banjo and ukulele). Some of her programs include: multicultural tales, spooky and spastic tales, “Happy Feet” tales, and pioneer tales which are appropriate for school age children.

Contact: 6033 SW 38th Street, Topeka, KS 66610
785-271-1982; rcutrer2@cox.net Email Link

Further Details: $100 for 45 minute program, $165 for one Pioneer Program; Block booking and week long residencies price breaks given; Mileage and lodging expenses; Travel range includes Eastern South Dakota; For All Ages
Category: Historical and Native American, Music, Storytelling


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Slim McNaught — Cowboy Poet Web Link to Adam Miller

Adam Miller

Program Description: In 2004 Slim McNaught started performing live on stage and since then has entertained at many local gatherings. He is currently Cowboy Poet "Lariat" for CBSI Radio in Spearfish, South Dakota. In 2015 Slim started a program called, "COWBOY POETRY/TEXAS TRAIL HERDS: Origin, History & Development", which is primarily utilized by elementary educational instructors for grades five through eight, but available for all grades and also adult programs.

Contact: Slim McNaught
110 S. Madison Ave.
New Underwood, SD 57761
605-754-6103
slimscl@yahoo.com Email Link Web Link to Slim McNaught Facebook Page

Further Details: $300 per program plus lodging over 100 miles
Category: Historical, Storytelling

Swanson Cowboyography Web Link to Swanson Cowboyography

Swanson Cowboyography

Program Description: Cowboyography is the study of all things Cowboy! We do our best to bring to life the lore and lure of the American Cowboy in photos, song, and demonstrations of the equipment Cowboys use.

Contact: Steve & Cassandra Swanson
27424 482nd Avenue, Canton, SD 57013
605-743-5270;
swanson_farms@yahoo.com Email Link Web Link to Cowboyography Facebook group

Further Details: Fee is determined by program desired; Mileage/Travel Reimbursement; Statewide Travel; For All Ages, focusing towards classes Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Category: Historical and Native American, Music, Storytelling


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