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Noted storyteller Bill Lepp
speaks to a spellbound crowd at
the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

chian Trail and it changed me completely.
I really know I belong in this place. I just
want to be outdoors all the time. I bought
a house with a front porch and a fire pit
in the backyard-two great places for storytelling. I really appreciate living here."
He says after first arriving in Tennessee,
storyteller Connie Regan-Blake took him
to Beech Mountain to the homestead of
the late, famed storyteller Ray Hicks.
"I was welcomed by one of his daughters," says Sirah. "We enjoyed the fellowship, the company and the smells. It felt
like I was back in a village in northern
India with my grandparents. They had
the bed and stove in the living room. I go
to places and see these connections. It's a
feeling. It's an essence.
"I'm still learning about traditions
and how people express themselves. I
go to NASCAR races because I love to see
people expressing themselves and telling

their stories in different ways," he says."
"Some of these stories go back hundreds or thousands of years," Sirah
continues. "We are all standing on the
shoulders of our ancestors who kept
these traditions alive for thousands of
years. We know where we collectively
come from. It helps us understand so-

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