High Desert Project – The Story of Us

The Story of Us

Join us for a series on the art of storytelling, exploring the multitude of ways our community tells its stories and the profound impact those narratives have on our collective identity. Over four thought-provoking events, we will cover a wide range of topics from our shared human history, different mediums of storytelling, to how these elements come together to tell the “story of us”. 

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Event #1: From 18,000 Years Ago to Now with Dr. Dennis Jenkins 

Saturday, October 28th at  8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Step back in time with research archaeologist Dr. Dennis Jenkins from the University of Oregon. Explore the deep connections between early inhabitants of the High Desert and establish a foundation for our shared human experience. This event meets at the High Desert Museum and includes a field trip to a historic site and lunch.


Event #3: Storytelling in Practice with MOsley WOtta

Tuesday, November 28th at 5:30 pm 

Lead by MOsley WOtta, this event takes participants on an exploration of oral, interactive, and performance storytelling. In this experience, participants will have the opportunity to meaningfully engage with the art of storytelling as individuals and as a group. This event will be held at the High Desert Museum and includes dinner.

Event #2: Visual Storytelling with Nancy Floyd and Wahoo Films

Tuesday, November 7th at 5:30 pm 

Join us for an intimate gathering, where the power of photography and the magic of film come together with artist Nancy Floyd and local production company Wahoo Films. Learn how these artists weave visual narratives in order to create compelling stories while respecting the responsibility and ethics involved in storytelling. This event will be held at the High Desert Museum and includes dinner.


Event #4: The Story of Us with Ellen Waterston

Wednesday, December 6th at 5:30 pm

Concluding this series, author Ellen Waterston will lead a spirited hands-on session guiding participants to craft the “story of us” by intertwining individual journeys into a collective narrative. This event will be held at the High Desert Museum and includes dinner.


High Desert Project Program Facilitator – Tristin Vaughn

Email – tvaughn@highdesertmuseum.org

Phone – 541.382.4754 ext. 284