Cap’s Off to You!-Adella Adella the Storyteller/Adella Gautier (Posthumously) and Celebrating Story

Featuring: Adella Adella the Storyteller/Adella Gautier

Endearing Actress, Playful, Engaging Storyteller

How does an alter ego come about? One that is drawn to people with delight? I found it fascinating that Adella Gautier, a pioneering actress, loved storytelling to the point that she created another name to distinguish between her acting and her storytelling: Adella Adella the Storyteller. Even the name as a hint of a “Call and Response,” which is fitting considering the West African stories she was known to share. I really wish I could see her during this time on earth. I will need to get in line when I cross the veil as I am positive she is entertaining many in the heavens.

Adella Adella performed often in New Orleans. During the 1980s, she traveled from school to school. She did more than perform. She instructed and guided other youth in the art. I would be curious as to how many of those youth now have more respect and joy in stories due to her guest appearances.

Meanwhile, Adella Adella took on the stage as an actress. One time, she cross-dressed so she could be the driver in “Driving Miss Daisy.” What dedication and delight! She also did a one-woman show as Eartha Kitt.

Did her storytelling blend into her theatric? Absolutely. She was known for catching her fell actors off-guard. Yet, they reacted to the improv and continued the plays without missing a beat. Her fellow actors developed better skills in storytelling purely by her being part of the cast. Both the actors and audiences celebrated the surprises.

She did make appearances on TV shows. You can see a listing on IMDB.

Thankfully, we do have some videos to get a sense of what she was like.

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You can see more details on Adella Adella’s page with the Story Artists Memorial.

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I appreciate Adella Adella with her ability to play and tease people and get the best responses in the moment. Her natural storytelling talents were shared with others in performance and in workshops. She wanted the art to continue.

Adella Adella still has a story. You have a story. We all have stories.

Cap’s Off to You!-WolfSong / Rickie Douglas Provencher (Posthumously) and Celebrating Story

Featuring: WolfSong / Rickie Douglas Provencher

Gentle Soul, Guide, Philanthropic Storyteller

Despite the lack of pictures or video, it felt like we still needed to remember and say aloud this name once more: WolfSong. He was also known as Rickie Douglas Provencher. He came to professional storytelling in 1992, though he told stories of the Abenaki tribe as well as other Native stories long before touring or sharing on a formal level. Several people said that as he died in 2000 at age 47, the Internet was not used as often and finding bits of his life were harder than usual. Though, as I scoured and searched, I loved what I found out about him.

Joseph Bruchac was a mentor of WolfSong. Jesse Bruchac, Joseph’s son, was mentored by WolfSong. What a beautiful circle of love and guidance.

WolfSong was known to be kind and gentle yet would throw in a comment or two to keep you on your toes or at least to make you laugh. One person remembered that WolfSong met her husband for the first time. Her husband had a little bit of a belly and WolfSong commented, “I see you’ve wintered well!” Now how is that for a lovely comment for a first-time meeting!

Beyond the humor, he had a heart for the Abenaki people. His ancestry included Abenaki, Mohawk, Cherokee, English, Scottish-Irish and French heritage. Though, he often held fundraising concerts to money for ancestral remains of the Abenaki, known as an extinct tribe. He often told at the Vermont Storytelling Festival and long-time Vermont tellers would be able to regale stories of WolfSong.

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You can see more details on WolfSong’s page with the Story Artists Memorial.

While this video does not feature WolfSong, he is mentioned and respected by Joseph and Jesse Bruchac. You can watch the whole piece, which is wonderful, though this particular one starts about 49 minutes into this program where WolfSong is mentioned. Joseph Bruchac said that WolfSong’s recordings are still available for purchase and can be acquired through Joseph. You can email Joseph at nudatlog (at) earthlink.net

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I appreciate WolfSong with his ability to engage people in precious stories of the Abenaki tribe as well as many others so they would not be forgotten. So let us also do him a favor and never forget him, even if this is the first time knowing this name.

WolfSong still has a story. You have a story. We all have stories.

Cap’s Off to You!-Roslyn Bresnick Perry (Posthumously) and Celebrating Story

Featuring: Roslyn Bresnick Perry

Bright Light, Lifelong Learner, Eye-Opening Storyteller

Roslyn Bresnick Perry was being honored at one of the National Storytelling Conferences. I had heard her name talked highly by other storytellers and was able to get a glimpse of who she was within a couple minutes. People had their hands up – not always to clap but what almost seemed like to capture some of her bright light so that they could carry forth with more joy.

She joked about having dyslexia and how that naturally made it lovely to be a storyteller. Yet, she could become serious about how this same dyslexia made life complicated when she was little.

She immigrated to America from the former Soviet Union and shared eye-opening accounts that many of us could not completely understand yet can respect. She was loved beyond the Jewish community and, really, throughout the world.

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You can see more details on Roslyn Bresnick Perry’s page with the Story Artists Memorial. Here is a video of her telling a story.

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I appreciate Roslyn Bresnick Perry with her contagious energy that lit the room. Whether or not you had a smile on your face, you couldn’t help it by the end with her there.

Roslyn still has a story. You have a story. We all have stories.