Anchored in the oral traditions of Native Peoples, Frey—professor emeritus and hospital lay chaplain—intertwines the stories of elders with his own to offer personal and professional insights into the power and value of storytelling. His experiences present a model for ethical and collaborative engagement with Indigenous communities that “gives back.” This expanded edition keeps everything from the award-winning original title, and in the context of a university’s General Education curriculum and service as a lay chaplain, shares new insights for engaging our fellow humanity.
Illustrations / notes / bibliography / index / 6″ x 9″ / 320 pages / ISBN 978-0-87422-429-0 (2024)
(For first edition)
2018 Handcart Award, Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
“A student of both academic and indigenous teachers, Frey does not seek to describe and explain the cultures he has ‘studied’ but instead demonstrates how, through story and gifted storytellers, he and those cultures have interacted….Carry Forth the Stories breaks a trail toward a new/old way of looking at the world that promises cultural, personal and ecological healing.”—Cara Chamberlin, Billings Gazette
“This book offers something very rare and very important: a reflection on what the author has learned over a long career as a professor and as a human being. His ability to weave together central ideas within his scholarly work (orality, literacy, ethnographic methodology, the ethics of scholarship, pedagogy, traditionalism) with his own personal narrative is striking, and often simply beautiful.”—Suzanne Crawford O’Brien, Pacific Lutheran University, author of Coming Full Circle: Spirituality and Wellness Among Native Communities in the Pacific Northwest
“An impressive exploration of indigenous storytelling and culture…in a distinctive style consistent with indigenous storytelling methods. Dr. Frey invites the reader to indulge, not as a casual observer, but as an active participant. This is the heart of indigenous storytelling.”—Randall Schleufer, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Board of Directors, Salish School of Spokane