The University Record, January 28, 2002

Audience spellbound as teller weaves stories about diversity

Storyteller Larry Plamondon held a full audience at rapt attention for the Business and Finance Convocation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Michigan Union Ballroom. Plamondon’s stories emphasized respect for Mother Earth and an appreciation of diversity.

One story told of a turtle shell with many different lines across it. Plamondon said the lines, all a part of the same shell, represented a variety of different nations and families.

In another story Plamondon recounted experiences of the Anishnabe, “what Native Americans call themselves.” Plamondon said 450 distinct nations lived on the Native American continent before the Europeans came

Plamondon is a member of the Grand River Bands of Ottawa and Turtle Clan. He is a traditional storyteller, oral historian, writer, First Nations advocate, organizer and traditional dancer.

He also is the narrator of the Exhibit Museum of Natural History’s planetarium show, Sky Legends of the Three Fires.

The Business and Finance MLK day celebration also included singing and music from the Diversity Choir and the John E. Lawrence Band.
Plamondon (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Service)