Bagpipes used by Scottish fur traders and American Indian drums and flutes are often played by Duke as part of his storytelling.

"Like a good story, Duke manages to surprise and entertain, delight and sooth. It is impossible to think of him without smiling.” - fellow storyteller

Invite Duke to tell his stories at your group’s next meeting, special event, festival, campfire or outing.

Last modified on August 28, 2009

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Duke Addicks has over fifty years experience as a professional storyteller.

Duke's powerful presentations have fascinated hundreds of audiences of adults and older children and have been heard by millions over public, commercial and American Indian radio networks.

Duke holds a BA degree in anthropology from the University of Minnesota and is also a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. He also has a MA from the Ecumenical United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. His master's thesis was on the visions of Dakota Indian Black Elk. He is a licensed Episcopal Minister.

Duke studied traditional storytelling in his youth with his Cherokee Grandmother and later with Ojibwa storyteller and healer Anna Moon Feather. His American Indian relatives gave him the name Asgina Ageli, or "Walks With the Ancestors."

Duke serves on the Board of the Ramsey County (St. Paul, Minnesota) Historical Society, and is a member of La Compagnie des Hivernants de la Riviere Ste. Pierre (an historical society composed of persons who portray life in the Fur Trade Era.) He is a volunteer special events educator at the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota and has completed professional development instruction at the College of Veterinary Medicine in the care and management of captive raptors. He is a volunteer educator and eagle handler at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota, and a volunteer historian/naturalist at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

As a professional storyteller for over 50 years, Duke has made numerous storytelling presentations for libraries, schools, colleges, corporate meetings, associations, festivals, historical societies, theaters and other organizations and groups. Duke frequently uses bagpipes and American Indian drums and flutes when appropriate as part of his stories. Duke's Flute Player Page

Here's what fellow storytellers say about Duke's presentations:

“Duke has great stories that captivate audiences deep down inside.”

“Duke has the marvelous ability to impart information with charm and excitement to audiences of all ages. It isn’t easy to keep seniors and toddlers engaged throughout the whole presentation, but Duke does it with panache!”

“He is indeed a living storytelling legend and anything that can be done to preserve the incredible storytelling work of his life should be done.”

Duke has a brilliant way of teaching while he is entertaining/enthralling you with a story.”

“Duke is without a doubt the Minnesota Master of real ghost stories. He makes the stories of ghosts seem natural and believable.”

“Like a good story, Duke manages to surprise and entertain, delight and sooth. It is impossible to think of him without smiling.”

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