Shedding light on a tale untold

A long-lost tale from the Lewis and Clark Expedition will fill Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 13, as “story-warrior” Gideon Gideon F. For-mukwai takes to the stage.

“Dare to Tell: Crossing the Columbia with York” is a one-man show telling the story of York, Captain William Clark’s black slave on the 1804-1806 expedition. His status notwithstanding, the records show York contributed immensely to the success of the expedition as an indispensable bridge-builder.

For-mukwai takes the audience on a panoramic journey from Camp Dubois in Missouri to Fort Clatsop in Astoria. In the course of the journey, York experiences 850 days of freedom. Unlike other slaves of that era, he was allowed to carry a rifle, vote alongside the soldiers and given express permission to hunt and trade with the Indians.

But for the footnotes in the journals of his fellow explorers, York’s story would have been lost.

“York’s story is an open invitation to all of us to explore and to tell the stories of today’s unsung heroes in communities, corporations and institutions,” For-mukwai said. “Who is the York of your community? Dare to tell the story of your own unsung heroes and keep their legacy alive.”

For-mukwai spent two years researching and piecing together York’s untold story before debuting his one-man show with performances in Portland and St Louis. Prior to attempting this project, he spent more than 15 years honing the craft of business storytelling in Asia, Europe, Africa and America.

The bestselling author of “The Science of Story Selling,” For-mukwai combines a natural flair for telling stories with dramatic and poetic characters that blend entertaining messages with topical issues that engage and educate across cultures. His public speaking and storytelling have taken him to countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Iraq, Canada and United Arab Emirates.

“Dare to Tell” will start at 7 pm on at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue. Admission is $10.

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