Shimá Storytelling features UNITY Executive Director
Shimá means “my mother” in the Navajo language. Three Navajo women, in partnership with the Navajo Nation Library, team up to offer a grassroots reading program for youth of all ages featuring storytelling, singing and activities in Diné Bizaad (Navajo). Shimá Storytelling, held every other Wednesday via Zoom, began in 2019 with facilitators Radmilla Cody, Pauletta Chief-Lee and Stephanie Littlehat.
This week’s show featured UNITY Executive Director Mary Kim Titla, who read from “Native Women of Courage,” a young reader’s book first published by 7th Generation. A second publication “Great Women from our First Nations” also features Titla, who was asked to read the chapter featuring her life story during the storytelling session.
“It’s part of our tribal tradition to share stories especially as we head into the winter season. I’m honored to share portions of my life through this book, which includes the challenges and successes I’ve experienced on and off the San Carlos Apache Reservation,” said Titla. “I love the idea of a virtual storytelling platform for all tribal nations. The Shimá Storytelling program serves as a wonderful model for those who wish to start a similar program.” she added.
Shimá Storytelling and its featured events may be found at the following Facebook link. https://www.facebook.com/Shim%