The "Storytelling and Song" program, now in its sixth year, returns for the winter at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa.

The program will open with a ceremonial blessing on Nov. 17. This program aims to share the ancient cultures of the Pima and Maricopa people with Resort and Restaurant guests.

Due to cultural customs the storytelling is only permitted in winter months.

The program features storytellers from the Gila River Indian Community. Enrolled members tell a combination of ancient Pima and Maricopa legends based on desert wildlife, typically with a moral lesson, as well as personal stories about their experiences growing up on the surrounding tribal lands.

Traditional and social songs are also shared during the one-hour presentation. This program, which is appropriate for all ages, was developed and is managed by the resort's cultural concierge, Ginger Sunbird Martin.

"Storytelling and Song" will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evenings. Beginning Jan. 3, the program will increase to five nights a week and will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

The traditional storytelling will open with a ceremonial blessing by featured storyteller and Pima native, Tim Terry, on Nov. 17 and will continue until the closing blessing on the last day of winter in March.

"Storytelling and Song" is open and complimentary to all resort guests and is at the resort's outdoor fire pit.

The event is one of many GeoGreen programs at the Wild Horse Pass Resort.

For guestroom or dining reservations, call (602) 225-0100. For more information, visit www.wildhorsepassresort.com.

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