Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Sep 30 2023 11:00 AM

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
2465 34th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601


With the help of traditional Paiute stories, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park present workshops and performances exploring the role of language and music in the art of storytelling.

Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1

Storytelling Workshop in the Peralta House: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday - register for either day, or both!) Register at

Public Storytelling with Susan Strauss in the Peralta nature area: 2:30 - 3:15 pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Learn about Paiute traditions and language with Native language specialist Jefferson Greene, and develop your storytelling skills with master storyteller Susan Strauss. Discover how music can inspire the art of storytelling with Left Coast flutist, Stacey Pelinka.

Workshop participants will learn where to locate early recordings of traditional stories and how to create imaginative retellings of them using the musicality of oral language. Revitalizing Native American culture through the practice of storytelling is health-giving for both the teller and the community; in traditional Native culture, storytelling is essential to the process of passing on Traditional Ecological Knowledge and understanding one’s collaborative interactions with Nature.

Entry is free for all events.

More information at

Storytelling Workshop: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, September 30 and October 1
"The Musical Language of Storytelling: Tales from Paiute Country"
Participants will learn to tell a traditional Paiute story, with an introductory experience to Paiute and other regional Native languages. Susan will teach the art of storytelling through imaginative retellings of ethnographic texts, finding character voice, and use of musical language patterns. Stacey Pelinka will assist in participant retellings with flute accompaniment.

Public Storytelling: 2:30 - 3:15pm, September 30 and October 1
"Tales from Native Country"
Susan will tell regional stories that reveal traditional ecological knowledge of wildlife and the precious value of water. The performance will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the audience.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

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