photo of Eldrene DoumaStorytelling was a way of life in Eldrena’s upbringing. Growing up in New Mexico & Arizona among her Pueblo tribes of the Laguna, Tewa & Hopi. Her normal activities with family and friends were of sharing pueblo stories, songs, and family history including the humorous and serious personal stories that life brought. Reflecting back, she realized that listening to story allowed her to strengthen and stimulate the use of her imagination and creativity. Stories helped her at an early age to develop her use of vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence structure while teaching core values. The traditional songs gave her an appreciation of all music and songwriting. As a professional storyteller and educator, Eldrena offers a variety of animal stories and historical accounts from American Indians tribes across the country and tailored workshops. In 2014, Eldrena was a recipient of Tejas Storytelling Association’s prestigious John Henry Faulk Award.