New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Anne Jennison - Native American Storyteller

With 30 years of experience as a Native American storyteller, Anne Jennison has had many wonderful storytelling opportunities.  Most recently her favorite ongoing venues are the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire and Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  At both of these museums, Anne shares the rich history and culture of the Wabanaki peoples of Northern New England, Quebec and the Canadian Maritime Provinces with many visitors from around the world. 

Our world is filled with thousands of rich cultures, all of which have given birth to their own unique collections of folklore and oral traditions. However, as a professional storyteller Anne with both Northern European and Native American ancestry, Anne chooses to tell primarily the Native American lesson stories that reflect the Abenaki part of her heritage.  Anne explains it this way: 

“Stories from all traditions share the wonder of life and great gifts of humor and wisdom, but for their gentle yet critically important lessons of life, Native American lesson stories are my favorite to tell.  I first began learning traditional Northeast Woodlands stories when my daughters were quite young, to teach them about their Abenaki and Mohawk heritage, and have since expanded my repertoire to include stories from all over Turtle Island”. 

In 1994, Anne earned a Bachelor's degree in Storytelling and in 1996, Anne earned a M.A. in Storytelling from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  As part of her storytelling apprenticeship, Anne sought out, listened to, and learned from many Native American storytellers such as Joseph Bruchac, Dovie Thomason, Wolf Song, Marge Bruchac, Medicine Story, Kevin Locke, Johnny Moses, and many others as they shared traditional lesson stories, especially those stories of the Northeastern Woodlands. 

Additionally, Anne holds an M.A. in American history from the University of New Hampshire and has taught storytelling workshops & courses as well as American history courses, World History, Storytelling, and Native American Studies courses at both at the secondary and college levels.

Since finishing her post-graduate work, Anne has spent many years as an educator and  professional storyteller who thinks deeply about the cultures, history, and oral storytelling traditions of the world.  Anne considers her time well spent when she has the opportunity to research and ponder the inner meanings and cultural contexts of stories.  One of Anne's ongoing professional goals is to share Northeastern Native American lesson stories in ways that are culturally accurate, engaging, and warmly entertaining.  

Additional Links: 
Anne's cd "Hummingbird - Native American Stories" - available from 9Star Media
Anne's cd "Hummingbird - Native American Stories" - available from cdbaby.com
The creative partnership of Charlie & Anne Jennison

I Have Worked With

  • February 2019

    DAWNLAND STORYFEST 2019 - Anne Jennison is the featured Native American Storyteller and Keynote address speaker at the 2019 Dawnlad StoryFest, New Hampshire's only Native American Storytelling Festival, which is always on the first Saturday in February.  This year marks the first time a woman has been the featured teller at the Dawnland Storyfest.  2019 also marks the Festival's 5th anniversary, which will be held in a new venue - at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH.  The Museum is sponsoring the Dawnland Storyfest in partnership with the NH Humanities Council. 

  • December 2018

    During the 2017 and 2018 seasons at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I have done Native American Storytelling and also acted as a museum interpreter of the Native American (Abenaki) history and culture of New Hampshire and Northern New England.  This will continue during the 2019 season (May 1 - October 31,  2019.  I also demonstrated Abenaki raised beadwork during the December 2018 Candlelight Stroll weekends at Strawbery Banke Museum.

  • December 2018
    • Anne has given three featured storytelling performances at MKIM in 2018.
    • Storytelling performances at MKIM's Strawbery Moon celebration in June,  July Powwow, the Winter Gathering in December.
    • Additionally, has also taught three workshops on cornhusk doll making at MKIM over the last couple of years.  In May, 2019, Anne will be teaching a workshop on how to make beaded birchbark earrings.

     

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Anne
Job Title/Position: 
Native American Storyteller
Physical Address: 
Hummingbird Farm 34 High Road
Lee, NH 03861
Last Name: 
Jennison
Phone: 
(603) 817-8306

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Storytelling
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - General
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Literature - Spoken Word
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Year Founded: 
1991
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Audio or Video Recording
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
30
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Seacoast Storytellers
Granite State Storytelling Alliance
Northeast Storytellers
National Storytelling Network
Education: 
Storytelling, BA - University System of New Hampshire
Storytelling, MA - Lesley University
History, MA - University of New Hampshire
Awards: 
Storytelling World Magazine Honor Award

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
ADA accessible performance venue required.
A performance area that is free from extraneous noise and distractions.
Assistance carrying in drum, chair, and small side table.
Access to electricity for your sound system or mine if the venue is outside AND/OR the audience is larger than 100.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$350
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,500
State of Residence: 
New Hampshire
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
1

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
MA in History
MA in Storytelling
15 years public school teaching (high school Social Studies)
5 years graduate level teaching - Storytelling, Native American History, American History
Fee Range Minimum: 
$350
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,500