Dennis Swiftdeer Paige

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Basic Information

Address: 31017 Witteman Rd. Conifer, CO 80433
Phone Number: 8473720437
Director: Dennis Swiftdeer Paige

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Focus: Understanding closer kinship ties with a heartfelt appreciation for nature through indigenous peoples' experiences in the forms of storytelling, dancing, and singing.
Grade Levels: K-5
Length: one hour

willing to travel up to 65 miles from Conifer, CO

Pricing: $325 first performance/ $275 for second performance that same day; workshop fee: $325
Residencies: schools, libraries, scout gatherings, festivals, nature centers,
Setup: 45 minute set up
Takedown: 30 minute take down
Equipment: cordless microphone, group arranged in a circle setting,
Special Requirements: Those sitting in the inner circle on the canvasses honoring the four directions need to have their shoes off. Storyteller faces the west and sits in the east. (under Journey from the Heart)

Journey From the Heart

With close ties to the earth, native North American cultures are a crucial link between human society and nature. The flute playing, circle dances, animal impressions, stories, songs, drumming, and sharing of the Medicine bag are presented in a very colorfully captivating setting, creating an inspirational program to draw the participant into the humor and ancient wisdom of the First Nations. Tailored to meet the needs of the individual group, this engaging 50 minute performance is available any time during the year. Ideal for scout gatherings, summer camps, school/library special events, festivals, and birthday parties.

Coyote Awakenings This hour long program celebrates the return of the coyote to our area. Play a lively audience participatory game to learn how coyotes survive in the modern world, listen to a whimsical Okanagan-Salish tale about how the "Spirit chief" gave coyote his name. sing along to a coyote friendly full version to "Home On The Range" accompanied by harmonica, and then be enthralled to hear an amazing true story of how Swiftdeer was saved by a coyote and her pup in the rugged high desert wilderness of north central New Mexico.

Spinning Earth Friendly Yarn for Kid's Sake - Where can you find the nearest storyteller? The answer may be closer than you think. Dennis Paige believes we are all born with the ability to tell stories, and that each of our lives is filled with a rich treasure of life experiences though we live in a fast paced electronic age that doesn't nurture those gifts. A naturalist, writer, and professional storyteller, Dennis guides children in creating, telling, and listening to tales with the wild world in mind and stories of personal connections with nature. Activities over a two hour workshop period will help provide the necessary tools for kids to enjoy the art of storytelling with an earth friendly twist to their schools, family, friends, or even their pet animals.

Awakening The Hidden Storyteller As If the Earth Mattered - Where can you find the nearest storyteller? The answer may be closer than you think. We are all born with the innate ability to tell stories, though we live in a fast-paced electronic age that doesn't nurture the those gifts of life. Activities in this 2 to 3 hours earth friendly workshop provide the basic necessary tools for educators, eco-questers, parents and grandparents to enjoy the art of storytelling for their audience while integrating creative collaborative exercises which embrace nature in our lives. Come and explore an enchanting window into your inner child with long time eco-storyteller Dennis Swiftdeer Paige.


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Mission Statement:

Established in 1989, Swiftdeer-Paige, an earth friendly company, has been "edutaining" thousands of people young and old throughout the country on the important ecological issues of our times. Offering age appropriate programs for all seasons, Swiftdeer-Paige is strongly committed to inspiring a greater desire for a more balanced relationship with the web of life. Making his new home in the wild and scenic foothills of Conifer, CO, Swiftdeer continues to live every day as if the earth matters. His programs are geared to building a rich heritage of indigenous stories to entertain and enlighten audiences toward a caring and wiser relationship with nature.

Dennis Paige has been awarded the 2008 Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award from the Audubon-Chicago Region and the Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project. This award reminds people that so many of us have a profound love for nature and that this love inspires us to do extraordinary things.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Mother earth does not belong to us, we belong to mother earth. Out of her life affirming forces comes a world of nature with stories, songs and dances to share among the people who live there. As a professional storyteller performer for over 25 years I hold dearly to the belief that the primary object of the story is the realization of wonder and delight. Bringing children and adults to this illuminating experience is my joyful gift for the greater good.
Program History:

Swiftdeer Paige has been performing to thousands of people young and old over the past 3 decades across the Midwest, parts of the East and the West of these United States or as indigenous peoples call Turtle Island.

Testimonials: "Dennis is among a few "non-native" performers who seems able to successfully and sensitively incorporate Native American elements into a program" James Mills, Education Specialist, Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens, Chicago, IL "I have seen Dennis perform and marvel at his enthusiasm and creativity as he delivers a meaningful message about how all of us should become involved in making the planet a better place for plants, animals and the human race." James Johnson, Environmental Education Coordinator, Dist. 54 Nature Center, Schaumburg, IL "The response was very positive. Teachers commented on how educational and entertaining the program was. Your show was inspiring, captivating and left a lasting impression on the audience." Donna Jean Anderson, Earth Club Facilitator, Pleasant Hill School, Palatine, IL "The children sat motionless, captivated; the adults relaxed, reflectively. As a community of listeners, we connected with the story as if played out by Swiftdeer-Paige in sound, movement and narrative. It was a shared experience I'll soon not forget." John Ivanko, ecopreneur, author on sustainability and owner of Inn Serendipity, Browntown, WI during a workshop presentation. Thank you Dennis for the great opening night program! Great reviews from all! I appreciate you so much. " Please add my current role as an interpretive storyteller for Staunton State Park. Coral Murphy, Ecology Coordinator Elmwood Park Community School, "Thank you so much for the educational and entertaining assembly which you performed at John Mills Elementary School. To hold the attention of over 300 students is no easy task and your creative, unique performance did the trick. I highly recommend this program to any group looking for an extraordinary assembly on environmental issues." James Mills, Education Specialist, Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens, Chicago, IL "Dennis is among a very few select educators who entertains the message of not "saving the planet", but rather emphasizes the value of environmental stewardship toward an improved quality of life."
Additional Information:

These programs are tailored to fit the age group and can be applied to family events at schools as well. Assemby capacity for performing is around 200 students per program.

Dennis Swiftdeer Paige is listed as a professional storyteller performer with the Denver Public Library and the Jefferson County Public Library system.