Freeman Owle (Eastern Cherokee) tells traditional Cherokee stories, carves wood and stone, and talks about Cherokee culture and history. Freeman attended Gardner Webb College and earned a Master’s degree in Education from Western Carolina University. He taught sixth grade at Cherokee Elementary for fourteen years. While teaching, he began to tell the Cherokee stories he had learned growing up. Freeman Owl has told stories and presented programs on Cherokee history and culture throughout the Southeast. He is also an ordained minister and has incorporated his cultural knowledge and heritage into his spiritual presentations. Owle’s audiences have encompassed children, teachers, executives, Elderhostel groups, and the general public. Locations for these programs have included public schools, festivals, libraries, and museums in several states, including the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cataloochee Ranch, the Officer’s Club at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Appalachian Studies Conference. Well known in the Cherokee community, Freeman Owle serves on the board of directors of the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual in North Carolina. He is one of the featured storytellers in the book Living Stories of the Cherokee, and he also appears in the video documentary The Principle People, which has aired on public television. He recently served as Elder-in-Residence at Western Carolina University and is currently a language teacher for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Cherokee, NC. He presently serves on the Native American Advisory Board for the Oka Kapassa Festival held in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
Mr. Owle will speak at First Christian Church, Florence on September 11th at 10:00 a.m. Hope all can attend and the public is invited.