Author and storyteller Thomas Doty will perform "Doty Coyote: Stories From the Native West" at the next Siskiyou Views event, Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Meese Meeting Room of Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library.

This performance is recommended for ages 6 and older. Admission is free.

Thomas Doty is nationally known for his impassioned performances of traditional and original native stories. He has released several recordings, including daily and weekly broadcasts on public radio, and has received a number of awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national American Indian Program. Doty has published many books and is included on The Oregon Literary Map.

When he's not on the road performing and teaching, Doty is Storyteller and Author in Residence at Dragonfly Place, a retreat center in the Siskiyou Mountains near Ashland.

Doty's recent projects include returning the Sacred Salmon Ceremony to its original native site on the Rogue River in 2007 and the installation and dedication of We Are Here, a 20-foot tall native carving in downtown Ashland in 2006.

Doty also co-directs Reading the Rocks, the Takelma Language Project, Sharing our Local Stories and serves on the international Board of Directors of CIRCLE, the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education located at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

"Stories touch us deeply on many levels of truth," Doty said. "They entertain, they teach, they heal. I keep the old-time stories alive as well as create new ones to keep my art vibrant and healthy."

Doty has been called "One of the best of Oregon's storytellers" and "a master of his art." For more information about Doty and his art, visit his Web site, .

For more information about the event, contact the Hannon Library at 552-6835.