Doty is nationally known for his impassioned performances of traditional and original native stories.

Storyteller Thomas Doty will perform "Doty & Coyote: Stories from the Native West" on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Meese Meeting Room 305 in the Lenn & Dixie Hannon Library, Southern Oregon University. The program is recommended for ages 5 and older. Admission is free.

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, Doty is storyteller in residence at Dragonfly Place, a center for the study of storytelling, literature and performance. The center is located at Doty's home in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon.

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 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's latest "Doty and Coyote" stories will be available to purchase following his storytelling.

Doty's performance is part of the Hannon Library's Siskiyou Views Lecture Series. For more information about Doty and his art, visit Doty's Web site (www.DotyCoyote.com).

More information from Hannon Library is available at hanlib.sou.edu or 552-6835.