DOVIE THOMASON is known for her traditional indigenous tales through both tellings and award-winning audio-recordings, but she is an accomplished storyteller of original personal and historical narratives as well.  Using her own life as story, (My Name is Dovie—PBS) she has explored issues of identity, family and community, shone an uncompromising light on the conflicted, intergenerational legacy of the government boarding schools (The Spirit Survives—JustStories Online Festival), and explored the need for “Native Science” in relation to Science, technology  and space exploration (Indigenous Space Cadet—TEDx).  These original works are stellar examples of stories in service to social justice and to the vital place of storytelling in addressing complex contemporary issues.  Dovie is a very gifted artist, a passionate educator, and an irreplaceable voice within the global storytelling community.

Thomason’s dedication to sharing indigenous voices has taken her down many roads. She has worked with schools and universities as a guest or artist-in-residence for institutions from New England to New Zealand. She has performed keynotes, workshops, and consultations for noted organizations, including the National Indian Education Association, the National Headstart Conference, the American Folklore Society, the Oral History Association and NASA. Her storytelling has been featured on countless prominent stages, including the Kennedy Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, London’s Barbican, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Thomason has also worked on a variety of special projects, lending her voice to narrations for the BBC, NPR, PBS, RTE, and the National Parks Service.

For help with your creative writing, please email Dovie at or call her at 204-480-1067 to arrange a FREE meeting. Or join her six-week writing workshop beginning on February 3, 2015.  (Please see her SUBMSSION GUIDELINES below.)

She will be in residence through to the 1st week of April, and her office hours are Mondays from 1:30-3:30 and Thursdays from 1-3, or by appointment.

Thanks to all who joined us for Telling Turtle Island:  An Evening with Storytellers from Around the Continent, featuring stories by Dovie, Flora Zaharia (Sikotan), and Joe McLellan.  To view photos of the evening, please click HERE.

Thanks to all who joined us for Dovie's inaugural reading and welcome event on January 22, 2015!  Please click HERE to view photos of that event.

To learn more about Dovie, please check out her website, listen to her TedX talk, or check out this article.

If you'd like to purchase Dovie's double CD "Voices of the Animal People: Stories of the First Nations" for sale at $15 apiece, please call Dovie at 204-480-1067, email, or stop by the Centre with exact cash.  Dovie would be pleased to autograph your purchase. 

Dovie's Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit no more than 6 double-spaced pages in a standard 12-point font
  • Email your work to Dovie at ahead of time, or drop it off at the CCWOC mailbox in University College’s General Office (Room 203 - University College)
  • Please clearly identify your work as a submission for Dovie, and be sure to include your contact information
  • If you’d like to discuss something other than your writing, please contact Dovie and outline what you’d like help with

Past Writers/Storytellers-in-Residence:

Liz Duffy Adams - Fall 2014

Louise Wallwein - Winter 2014

Christine Fellows and John K. Samson - Fall 2013

Clare Murphy - Winter 2013

Sally Ito - Fall 2012

Mary Louise Chown and Kay Stone - Winter 2012

Patrick Ryan - Fall 2011

Méira Cook – Winter 2011

Ignatius Mabasa - Fall 2010

Roberta Kennedy - Winter  2010

Jan Andrews - Fall 2009

Armin Wiebe - Fall 2008

Rody Gorman  - Fall 2008

Gregory Scofield - Fall 2007















Photos from Dovie's Inaugural Performance

Dovie Welcome Event 1
Introducing Dovie Thomason

Dovie Welcome Event 2

Dovie Welcome Event 2A
Dr. Jeffery Taylor, Dr. Warren Cariou, and Dovie

Dovie Welcome Event 3
Dr. Jeffery Taylor, Dean, Faculty of Arts, welcomes guests to the event

Dovie Welcome Event 4
CCWOC director Dr. Warren Cariou introduces Dovie to students and staff

Dovie Welcome Event 5

Dovie Welcome Event 6

Dovie Welcome Event 7