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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Seminole storyteller

  • Storyteller to appear at Tecumseh library children’s program.
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  • Seminole traditional storyteller, Bertha Tilkens, of Norman, will be at the Tecumseh Public Library's Toddler Story Time at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month.
     
    Tilkens strives to keep the Seminole traditions and culture alive by working with young people through her story telling.
     
    She has worked with Seminole Nation on the Princess Committee and the Constitution Revision Committee. She seeks to advance the cultural ways of the Nation through the Princess Committee and is helping to revise and update the Nation's laws in each branch of their government.
     
    She worked with the University of Oklahoma as a consultant on diabetes among Creek and Seminole Indians and on the history of the Seminole culture and music. She has lectured at OU Law School on the old Seminole justice system and taught a Muskogee language class.
     
    She co-authored two books on the Muskogee/Creek language, “Beginning Creek” and “Intermediate Creek,” with her mother, Linda Alexander and Dr. Pam Innes of the University of Oklahoma and now at the University of Wyoming.
     
    The public is invited to attend. The library is located at 114 N. Broadway. For more information, call 598-5955 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/tecumseh.
     
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