One of America's premier storytellers, nationally recognized Joe Hayes will share tales of American Indian, Hispanic and Anglo cultures in the exhibit space of Wild at Heart: Ernest Thompson Seton.
Free with museum admission (children are always free).
A bilingual author and teller of tales, Hayes lives in New Mexico and is something of a Southwestern folk hero. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona. His schoolmates and friends, many of whom were Mexican-American, taught him how to speak Spanish. As Hayes got older, he began reading the work of folklorists and anthropologists and gathering the old stories from the region that he calls home, the Southwestern United States. When his own children were young, he enjoyed telling them stories and decided to use both Spanish and English when telling his stories to other children so that they could learn and love both languages, just like he did when he was a child. His tales are a combination of the traditional lore of the American Southwest and his own imagination. The traditional part is based on things people have told him and on what he has learned from reading the work of folklorists and anthropologists.
Hayes has told stories at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., and is featured in the book Best Loved Stories Told at the National Storytelling Festival. In 2005, he received the Talking Leaves Literary Award from the National Storytelling Network, an award given to members of the storytelling community who have made considerable, serious and influential contributions to the literature of storytelling. Joe has taught storytelling to teachers at the University of New Mexico and been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, delivering the commencement address for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at U.C.L.A. He was designated a New Mexico Eminent Scholar by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education, and in 1995 he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence.
His books have received the Arizona Young Readers Award, two Land of Enchantment Children’s Book Awards, four IPPY Awards, a Southwest Book Award and an Aesop Accolade Award. His book "The Day It Snowed Tortillas" was chosen by the editors of The Bloomsbury Review as one of their 15 favorite children’s books published in the past 15 years. His books have been on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List twice.