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Lynn Moroney

Lynn Moroney was born Oct. 28, 1935, in Duncan, Oklahoma and is of Chickasaw and Cherokee heritage. She has always proudly identified with her Chickasaw heritage and Chickasaw traditions, most notably storytelling. Moroney studied storytelling under another well-known performer, Te Ata Thompson Fisher. She has passed on what she learned from Te Ata. 

Moroney served as the director for the Kirkpatrick Planetarium, located at the Oklahoma Science Museum, and she founded Wintertales, an annual, statewide storytelling workshop in Oklahoma City, as well as Territory Tellers, a storytelling organization.

She has performed and conducted storytelling, science and writing workshops across the U.S. and in Mexico. Moroney is best known for her interpretation of world sky stories and has performed these stories in settings that range from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, to the California Academy of Science in San Francisco. Moroney also conducted workshops for NASA Outreach, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the International Planetary Society and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. She has worked with Chickasaw astronaut John Herrington on an extraordinary NASA outreach project involving storytelling.

Moroney has also published numerous books, CDs and DVDs and has donated numerous volunteer hours in her community and with the Oklahoma City Arts Council. She continued her outreach efforts in storytelling representing the Chickasaw Nation during her travels and interactions with other Native American tribes. With her assistance, tribes such as the Blackfeet and Crow developed science teaching projects in conjunction with the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Baby Rattlesnake
Mira Reisberg
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American; Pawnee;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

A Native American (Pawnee) tale of family love and forgiveness.

Baby Rattlesnake wants a rattle like his older siblings have. His crying keeps the rattlesnake elders up all night so his parents give him a new rattle. Sure enough, he misuses his new rattle. When he tries to scare the chief's daughter, she steps on his rattle and crushes it. Sad and defeated, he returns to his forgiving family who give him "big rattlesnake hugs."

Educator Information
Guided Reading: K
Lexile: AD550L
Interest Level: Grades K - 3
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 3

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.25" x 11.25" | Told by Te Ata, Adapted by Lynn Moroney

Authentic Indigenous Text


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