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EAC presents Madison Walker’s “True Tales of the Ole West” on March 27

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EAC presents Madison Walker’s “True Tales of the Ole West” on March 27

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Speech Communications Department will present a special storytelling event entitled “True Tales of the Ole West,” featuring storyteller Madison Walker, on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. The free event is suitable for all ages and will be held in the Grand Kiva of EAC’s Discovery Park Campus.

Walker is a professional storyteller whose love of poetry, drama, and teaching spans a career of more than 30 years in theater, film, broadcasting, and the classroom. In his stories, he is the embodiment of Nat Love, and he seeks to transport the audience to the time when Buffalo Soldiers—the African American military troops—patrolled the West.

“Walker is historically accurate in his tales about Nat Love, an African American cowboy who wrote his own autobiography and in his stories of the Buffalo Soldiers,” says Lee Russell, head of EAC’s Speech Communications Department.

According to Walker, Nat Love could ride, shoot, rope, and rodeo alongside the best of the West. In his autobiography, he also firmly established a truth about the cowboys of the American West: “They were not all illiterate,” says Walker, “and they were not all white.”

“He is a talented teller who is passionate about his stories,” says Russell. “He gives his audiences an evening of true tales of the west that they won’t forget! Please come and enjoy!”

For more information about this event, contact Russell at (928) 428-8489.