Wampanoag Storyteller



     Penny Gamble-Williams, storyteller and cultural presenter, shares her experiences growing up in New England as a Chappaquiddick/Wampanoag and African American.  She  talks about her connection to the culture, her ancestral and spiritual re-awakening, and the challenges of re-constituting the Chappaquiddick people.  Ms Williams who co-authored the concept paper and proposal for the traveling exhibit "IndiVisible" African-Native American Lives in the Americas,  talks about some of the reactions this exhibit has had on people who have seen it as well as the impact that it has made on those who share this history.  As part of her presentation she displays clothing made of deerskin and elk, dolls, crafts, jewelry and a photo display.

     Penny Gamble-Williams has been presenting and sharing stories to many government agencies for 19 years.  She has spoken at the Library of Congress, The US Department of Justice, US Army-Fort Belvoir, Department of Labor, National Securicy Agency, US Department  of Homeland Security, US Coast Guard, NASA, US Secret Service, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Administrative Office of the US Courts, Walter Reed Army Hospital, Veterans Hospital, and US Courts, National Credit Union Administration and Export-Import Banks of the US.

    Ms Gamble-Williams has presented at several District of Columbia agencies, libraries and universities such as Howard University, Georgetown, Harvard, Brown, George Washington, George Mason, Boston College, University of Maryland and Mount St Mary's.  She has also done cultural presentations at the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of the American Indian, Reginald F Lewis Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Penny has told stories on the radio as well as on Maryland Public Television.   Penny has performed in elementary, middle and high schools throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.