TITLE: Opalanga Pugh: African-American Storytelling from Colorado with Askia Toure on Voice and Drum
SPEAKER: Opalanga Pugh
EVENT DATE: 2008/05/28
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 67 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Opalanga Pugh presents traditional African-American storytelling from Colorado, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
Speaker Biography: Opalanga Pugh is a native of Denver, Colo., and a storyteller in the African oral tradition. Many of her stories come from her travels in Africa. Others are classic tales of the African-American experience. As a selfproclaimed "daughter of the dust of Denver," Opalanga particularly enjoys sharing stories from her own mile-high, arid city, especially from historical Five Points, the cultural capital of Black Denver. Opalanga has traveled as a professional storyteller and griot/jali throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. She uses story as a tool for personal development, a vehicle for education and a force for social change. NBC selected Opalanga as one of 10 African-American Living Legends in 1992. Opalanga has received the Ambassador of Peace Award from the Conflict Center of Denver and has twice won the Denver Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.