For the Family: Storyteller shares lessons for the future through telling of the past |

For the Family: Storyteller shares lessons for the future through telling of the past

In celebration of Children’s Book Week, Nov. 12-18, the Fraser Valley Library has asked Native American storyteller Amaurante Montez to visit on Monday, Nov. 12 in the Urban Community Meeting Room.

Montez presents two programs Monday, one from 10 to 11 a.m. and the other from 4 to 5 p.m. His stories are for children, but any adult who promises to remain quiet and respectful is welcome to attend.

The 10 a.m. performance is geared toward preschoolers and the 4 p.m. programs is more for elementary students.

Montez incorporates flute and drum music into his tales, which share his cultural pride and wisdom. His words have more than just a story to tell. They also include wisdom that can be applied to anyone.

Before television and other media, the art of storytelling shared the immortal truths of myth and legend. The tales were passed on from each generation as a way to guide them into the following years. Native cultures shared the stories to pass along important history, to teach, to explain the mysteries of life and to entertain. It was an important part of the ancient communities, who lived with great respect for the earth and all other living creatures.

Montez continues the tradition with all of the wisdom he has collected over the years and through his heritage. He offers entertaining stories, but also a rare, enlightened perspective on the world of today. He encourages people to ask why things happen, rather than to be passive observers and blames television for stifling creativity and perpetuating the “Just do it” social attitudes.

“I feel so inspired that I want to pass that inspiration on to others,” said the artist, anthropologist, poet, musician and dancer. “But don’t take my word for it ” don’t take anyone’s word ” go out and find out for yourself. Always ask questions and seek solutions.”

He uses the art of storytelling and music to convey his respect for the past and its applications for the 21st century. He teaches us to appreciate our lives as a gift and not only is that message a gift in itself, but so is his visit.

For more information about the event or Montez, call Youth Services Librarian Joy McCoy at (970) 726-5689 or e-mail

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