A Storytelling Feast

Saturday, November 10th a Storytelling Feast to benefit The Food Depot will be held at The Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado from 3 to 4:30 pm. 

Performers from Storytellers of New Mexico Joe Hayes, Indiana Bones (aka Mike McCartney, Mary Ellen Gonzales and Cynthia Dobson will tell Family Friendly stories. Sherry Hooper, Executive Director of The Food Depot will tell of the work being done in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico.

This is a free event but a donation of food or money for The Food Depot will be gratefully accepted. There will be prizes and refreshments so bring the kids and neighbors and enjoy an afternoon of feasting on stories for a good cause.


Joe Hayes an award-winning author and nationally recognized teller of  Southwestern tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo  cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a  distinctive place among America’s storytellers. He has published over  twenty children’s books.

Joe has visited some 3,000 schools and has been the resident  storyteller at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa
Fe for 30 years. A whole generation of Southwestern children has grown up listening to his tales.

Joe?s books have received the Arizona Young Readers Award, two Land of Enchantment Book Awards, the Southwest Book Award and the Texas
Bluebonnet Award. For his storytelling he received the New Mexico Governor?s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts and has been designated New Mexico Centennial Storyteller.


Cynthia is an accomplished storyteller whose love of tales has taken her to collect and tell stories from around the world. She has a  Master?s degree in multi-cultural education and her teaching  experience in Mexico, New Mexico, and Canada has given her a unique perspective, not only on the Differences but more importantly on the similarities in cultures.  From these experiences she chooses stories to share with others.  Bi-lingual and participatory programs may be arranged for schools, libraries, daycare centers, camps, as well as  senior centers and nursing homes.


Indiana Bones, Keeper of Legends (aka Mike McCartney)is an EMMY AWARD winning writer, producer and  performing artist.  Combining archeology, action, adventure, ancient legends, mythology and folklore, Indy thrills and educates audiences with his unique storytelling abilities. Indy weaves stories for students, families, sci-fi lovers and museum goers alike.

Indy is now  a full time professional storyteller and guest lecturer at the  University of New Mexico. Indy believes that storytelling can be used  as an effective teaching tool. With the use of artifacts,  Fossils,  lively puppets and a crack of his bull whip, Indy leads the  audience  on a journey through time.


Mary Ellen traces her ancestry in New Mexico back to before the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.  She was raised on a ranch near Chama, New Mexico.  She is
half Hispanic and half Anglo and views her job as being a “culture bridger”.

She tells stories from all cultures, but her specialty is Hispanic stories from Northern New Mexico.  She explores cultural values as revealed by the
stories people tell. She is a listed scholar with the New Mexico Humanities Council.



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