Sidedoor: Cherokee Story Slam

Sassy rabbits abound in folklore, from the sly B’rer Rabbit to the urbane Bigs Bunny, but Jistu may be the most legendary lagomorph of them all.

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Talking animals? A bag of fire ants? Secret dancing superpowers? In this episode, Robert Lewis, an acclaimed Cherokee storyteller, spins stories about a legendary troublemaker: Jistu the Rabbit. Along the way, we visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, exploring the Native American art of storytelling and the transformative power of a good tale.

Posted: 9 May 2018
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