Alex Mares stands in front of a fire pit surrounded by people seeted in camping chairs with coats and blankets

Winter Tales Workshop: Understanding Diné Storytelling

The focus of this workshop is information on the role and purpose of storytelling in Diné culture, including basic technique, the use of props and artifacts, and the interplay between the tangible and intangible. Also discussed will be evidence on the unique effects of storytelling on the human brain from the field of Neuroscience. Pre-registration for the workshop is required. Download the workshop brochure for registration information.

Our workshop presenter is Alex Mares. With an educational background in Anthropology and Sociology, Mr. Mares has served as a Park Ranger in Texas and New Mexico for over 28 years. This service included 15 years as Lead Ranger at the world-renowned sacred site known as Hueco Tanks. He is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation and is a traditional Winter Storyteller. Mr. Mares is of Diné (Navajo) and Mexicano descent.

Winter Tales events are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin.

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For further information on this event, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355 or

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or (email link).