Whether he’s singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, storyteller and author Doug Elliott takes audiences on an unforgettable, multifaceted cultural tour of North America’s backcountry.

Elliott will perform at UNCG Monday, Sept. 8. The event is free and open to the public, and runs from 7-9 p.m. in Elliott University Center Auditorium.

Elliott’s passion for the natural world developed in early childhood roaming the woods and waters around his home. His dad used to say, “That boy knows what’s under every rock between here and town.”

He still roams the woods today. He has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks.

Elliott’s stories derive from his unique lifestyle, as well as his deep interest in plants, animals and people. His stories celebrate the rich diversity of the special human connection to nature. His programs are textured by his use of traditional lore, regional dialects and accents, and enhanced by his soulful harmonica playing.

For millennia, storytelling has been an invaluable tool for passing information, values and wisdom from one generation to the next. Elliott’s storytelling performances are infused with educational material, and his educational programs are packed with stories, anecdotes and lore.

His performances include personal true stories, traditional tales, ancient legends, Native American stories, natural history, folklore, poems, riddles, music and songs.

He has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, nature centers, botanical gardens, and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn.

He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people in the wilderness from downeast Maine to the Florida Everglades.

He is the author of four books, many articles in regional and national magazines, and has recorded a number of award-winning albums of stories and songs.

Elliott’s visit is sponsored by UNCG University Libraries with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund.

For more details, contact Barry Miller at (336) 256-0112 or bkmille4@uncg.edu.