Ask DJ Lyons to perform story: Rainbow Crow by Nancy Van Laan

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Professional Storyteller Debbie Dunn tells stories at Greeneville TN Nursing Home

Professional Storyteller performed the story entitled “Rainbow Crow” at a Greeneville, Tennessee nursing home in the spring of 2009.

Have you ever wondered how Crow came to look and act the way that he does? According to the Lenape Indians, Crow once made an extraordinary sacrifice to save the animals and to save the earth. The story was written by Nancy Van Laan. She collected it from Bill “Whippoorwill” Thompson. He is a Lenape Indian elder. The story is called “Rainbow Crow.”

The story can be found as a hardback book. There is a paperback version as well. The story is touching and the illustrations are quite beautiful.

I originally learned about this story when performing for Earth Day back in 1990. A young boy introduced me to one of his favorite books. He owned birds at home and was a great bird lover. I was immediately captivated by the beautiful story. It is one of my most favorite stories to perform.

I wrote Nancy Van Laan requesting permission to tell her beautiful story. She graciously granted it. I hope you enjoy listening to the story as much as I love to tell it.

Here is the story called Rainbow Crow by Nancy Van Laan.

Rainbow Crow performed by Storyteller Debbie Dunn

Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons when she still had her long braids.
Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons when she still had her long braids.

Who is DJ Lyons?

DJ Lyons is the pen name for Professional Storyteller and Published Author Debbie Dunn.

Her two published books are:

1. The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist

2. White Reindeer, Kudzu Monster, & Other Tales Of Wonder

Book #3 about her journey with breast cancer will come out later in 2011.









Books by Nancy Van Laan and DJ Lyons

Rainbow Crow (Dragonfly Books)
Rainbow Crow (Dragonfly Books)

This beguiling fable tells how the selfless crow lost his brilliant plumage when he interceded with the Great Sky Spirit on behalf of his animal friends--who were being buried in a snowstorm. Ages 3-7.

Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 
In a Circle Long Ago: A Treasury of Native Lore from North America: (Native American; ALA Notable Book)
In a Circle Long Ago: A Treasury of Native Lore from North America: (Native American; ALA Notable Book)

This attractive volume gathers together 25 songs and stories from Native American tribes all over North America. Taking a spiral path through the continent, Van Laan (Rainbow Crow) begins with the Inuit peoples of the Arctic; moves to the Ojibwa, Slavey and Beaver of the Subarctic; and continues through five additional cultural regions before ending with the tribes of the Great Plains. Familiar folktale creatures such as Rabbit, Coyote and Fox feature prominently; the seasons and weather also predominate, underlining a deep respect for the natural environment-"Perhaps," Van Laan writes in her unusually reflective introduction, "[children] will come to understand the native peoples' belief that a person is no more important than a beaver or a pine tree or a body of water." Her animated narration makes it easy to recall that these are oral histories, legends that are meant to be shared aloud. Desimini's (My House) artwork is especially effective; she uses a wide combination of styles, textures and media to celebrate the variety of tribes represented here. From dazzling oils depicting a near-scarlet fox against an azure sea, to the earth tones that suggest cave paintings, her illustrations may bear out Van Laan's hope that readers will "see dancing and hear singing." Ages 3-up.

Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 
The Bell Witch Unveiled at Last!: The True Story of a Poltergeist
The Bell Witch Unveiled at Last!: The True Story of a Poltergeist

Who was the true Bell Witch of Tennessee? John Bell of Adams, Tennessee, died on December 20, 1820. Why not? He was old. He was sick. He was comatose. Yet dozens of newspaper articles; a handful of published books, movies, videos, and websites; and countless amateur and professional storytellers all erroneously claim that John Bell was killed by a poltergeist. Who was this poltergeist many called the Bell Witch? Newspapers, books, websites, and countless people familiar with the 1817-1821 haunting pointed the finger of blame at a neighbor woman, Cate Batts. Her alleged guilt was purely circumstantial. For the first time, this breakthrough publication reveals the actual identities and motives of the three poltergeists. These three male entities followed John Bell from his former home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to Adams, Tennessee, seeking their revenge. Within the covers of this book, the Bell Witch is unveiled at last.

 
White Reindeer, Kudzu Monster, & Other Tales of Wonder
White Reindeer, Kudzu Monster, & Other Tales of Wonder

A collection of 32 short stories and novellas by DJ Lyons: "White Reindeer"--Lost on a Norwegian mountain, DJ faces rock slides, raging waterfalls and other challenges. Miraculously, a white reindeer appears and leads her to safety. "Kudzu Monster"--An unlikely love story involving a young frontier girl and the Kudzu Monster who saves her life. "Trapped in Beaumaris Castle"--Gwyn agrees to spend the night in a haunted castle. What he sees finally puts to rest a 700-year-old question: How did the king's archer die? "Grandmother Lyons' Tales"--True stories about a tornado, a Civil War love story, a scam, a premonition saving two lives and a scary Rag Man. "12 Tales of Wonder" plus "12 Stories for the Young At Heart"--Exciting adventures involving ghosts, wishes, secrets, bullies, animals, amazing characters, a Broccoli Monster, fairy godmothers, magic and fun.

 

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