Storytelling Highlights Valles Caldera Birthday


VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the Jemez Mountains Storytelling Jamboree 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., July 26 at the Valle Grande staging area located just inside the Preserve’s main entrance.

There is no admission charge to attend the jamboree, so bring your family and friends for a day of fun and entertainment by some of the area’s most talented storytellers.

The jamboree is the highlight of the 2014 Birthday Celebration that commemorates the creation of the Preserve. Fourteen years ago on July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which created the Valles Caldera Trust and the Preserve. The three day birthday celebration begins Friday, July 25 and runs through Sunday, July 27.

Storyteller and librarian Steven Plá returns this year to emcee the storyteller event and to perform along with five other storytellers. Plá believes that “the magic of story helps people understand each other and the fascinating and diverse worldwide community.”

This year’s amazing storyteller line-up includes Emmy Award winning writer, producer, and performing artist, Indiana Bones (aka Mike McCartney); puppeteer Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley, living history performer Linda Batlin, folklorist Kay Negash, and Pueblo of Jemez storyteller Paul Tosa.

The jamboree schedule and biographies for each storyteller can be found on the Preserve’s website here. Plenty of booth spaces are available at no charge for vendors and organizations. Volunteers are also needed for the event. Contact Kimberly DeVall at 505.428.7737 or to volunteer or secure a booth space.

For more information on available activities and programs at the Valles Caldera call 866.382.5537 or go to Click on the calendar tab at the top of the page for a daily schedule of events. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Valles Caldera Trust oversees the Valles Caldera National Preserve, formerly the privately owned “Baca Ranch.” The 88,900 acre property is located in the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico. It was purchased by the federal government in 2000 under the Valles Caldera

National Preservation Act. The property is known for its huge meadows, abundant wildlife, meandering stream, remarkable scenery and science based adaptive management. More information about the preserve can be found at