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octavia sexton
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  • Orlando, KY
  • United States
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Octavia Sexton Appalachian Storyteller

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Octavia grew up in the Appalachian tradition of storytelling and her stories are rooted in the fascinating history of her family. Her English/Irish ancestors migrated to Kentucky from Europe - bringing their stories with them. Her maternal and paternal great grandmothers were Cherokee storytellers from North Carolina.  Octavia's stories reflect the melding of these culturally different oral traditions.  She shares the legends, tales and superstitions from her distinctive oral heritage in a delightfully exuberant performance.  Her natural dialect transports the listener into the mountains of eastern Kentucky where haints ‘ghosts’ chill your blood, Jack tickles your funny bone, and the hills and hollers are full of surprises.
 
With a degree in history and English education and years of teaching and writing experience, Octavia has the tools to present and teach an appreciation for Kentucky heritage as well as for individual stories.  She has performed across the nation and presented educational art programs to thousands of learners.   Her performance venues include hundreds of schools and festivals - as well as television and radio programs.

 


JACK TALES
 
 Jack Tales have been with us for about 800 years.  These stories came to the Appalachian Mountains from the British Isles when the Europeans began to settle here.  They are about a character named Jack who has amusingly fantastic adventure.  The stories have changed through the years to reflect the environment and cultural traditions that emerged among the mountain people.  Appropriate for any age, these stories take the listener into Jack’s world of fantastic adventures where the impossible is possible and Jack always prevails.  Jack tales are akin to epic stories and have connections to the Odyssey.  A traditional Jack tale will require 15 to 30 minutes to tell.  Shortened versions are 10 to 12 minutes.
 
HAINT TALES

Haint tales are scary stories.  Haint is a dialect word derived from haunted.  Many of the scary stories I tell are stories that passed to me through my ancestors. They reflect the influence of European, African and Native American telling.  Several are my own creations.  The average time to spin a good Haint tale is 10 to 25 minutes.

FOLKTALES

I tell folktales I learned while growing up in the hills of Appalachia.   Like the Jack Tales, these stories passed along orally from generation to generation.  They take place in distant times and kingdoms and lead the listener through a maze of amusing and amazing adventures.  They include Kings and Queens, fairies and goblins, witches and giants, talking animals and magic.  Five to 25 minutes per story.

GROWING UP COUNTRY

Growing up in poverty within the Appalachian Mountains, combined with my unique life experiences, I have created a compendium of stories ranging from the poignant to the hilarious.  These stories range from three to 15 minutes in the telling.

CHEROKEE LEGENDS

The Cherokee developed their stories over thousands of years and passed them orally from generation to generation. They chose special persons in special lineages to pass on their oral traditions. Great care was taken to maintain the purity of such traditions.  My Cherokee great-grandmothers became part of a ‘white man’s’ world outside of the tradition they were born into and the stories passed from them are outside that lineage.   The stories I tell are versions of some of the legends with which they were familiar.   They are stories that teach respect and reverence for the seen and unseen worlds.  Average telling time per story is 5 to 10 minutes.

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octavia sexton and Thad Hicks are now friends
Jul 23, 2012
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OOPS Conference 5th at 1st Congregational Methodist Church

May 5, 2012 all day
Friday night we will be swapping stories, Saturday we will we will have workshops, Saturday night will be amazing storytelling and Sunday morning those we wish will breakfast together.See More
Mar 11, 2012
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Bizzie Vunderink and octavia sexton are now friends
Nov 29, 2011
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Storytelling Summer Intensive & Workshops in Yellow Springs, Ohio. at Unitarian Fellowship of Yellow Springs

June 3, 2011 to June 7, 2011
Designed for storytellers at all levels of ability, each day will offer workshops that focus on attitude, skills, or business aspects of storytelling. Participants can choose to attend for part or all of a day, several days, or the entire five days.Intensive workshops, which focus on improving both confidence and ability, will take place on Friday and Monday. Participants in these six-hour sessions will tell stories and receive supportive feedback from others in the group.Each of the other days…See More
May 12, 2011
Donna R. Wilson left a comment for octavia sexton
"It was great to have you at the conference. You are a fun chick. If you ever need a sister act, remember I can speak Appalachian.  You were a hoot and good luck with all you do."
May 3, 2011
octavia sexton is now friends with Ilene Evans and Lindsay Bonilla
May 2, 2011
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Apr 30, 2011
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Octavia Sexton Appalachian 4min promo 2010

Appalachian story teller Octavia Sexton's 4min promo video
Jan 27, 2011
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"Octavia - Great to see you here -Glad you could join us!  Please take a few minutes to post your profile photo to this page so that you can personalize your page - I woule like to suggest you read my post on getting hte best out of your NING…"
Jan 24, 2011
octavia sexton is now a member of Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling
Jan 24, 2011

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At 9:39pm on May 3, 2011, Donna R. Wilson said…
It was great to have you at the conference. You are a fun chick. If you ever need a sister act, remember I can speak Appalachian.  You were a hoot and good luck with all you do.
At 8:41pm on January 24, 2011, Eric Wolf said…

Octavia -

Great to see you here -Glad you could join us!  Please take a few minutes to post your profile photo to this page so that you can personalize your page - I woule like to suggest you read my post on getting hte best out of your NING -

http://oopstorytelling.org/profiles/blogs/welcome-to-the-ohio-order-for

 

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Octavia Sexton Storyteller on the Art of storytelling show.

 
 
 

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