Prairie Artists: Keith Bear - Turtle and Pretty Crane

Renowned Mandan and Hidatsa storyteller and flute player Keith Bear, from Drags Wolf Village on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation of northwestern North Dakota, tells the traditional story Turtle and Pretty Crane. The narrative is described by Keith as an American Indian “Romeo and Juliet.” He explains that Native stories are told to entertain, but also to teach provoke thought, and encourage imagination. Turtle and Pretty Crane expresses loss, generosity, longing and eternal love. The traditional story told is included also in greater detail on the North Dakota Council on the Arts-produced CD Morning Star Whispered.

Lesson plan with Benchmarks and Standards for Grades 9-12: Music, English Language Arts, and Social Studies

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Bob Dambach (Producer); Heidi Nelson (Editor), Dave Geck (Videographer), Barb Gravel (Production Manager)


"Prairie Artists" Prairie Public 2009

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Arts - Music, English Language Arts, Social Studies

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