ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- On Tuesday, April 2, Native American Storyteller Perry Ground will return to the Steele Memorial Library in the afternoon to present 'Raven Steals the Sun: Native American Eclipse Stories'.

Perry Ground, a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation, is a traditional storyteller for over 25 years, and says the solar eclipse is a significant occurence for many Native American tribes. 

"Native American people have been able to witness eclipse events throughout history, and of course, all across Native America, there are many, many different tribes. And so these different tribes have different stories that explain this very natural phenomenon and in the way that they feel about it, how they react to it, what they should do because of it." 

Ground describes as the upcoming solar eclipse as a "human experience" and therefore tries to make at it as entertaining as possible for the kids who attend to encourage them to learn more. 

"Human beings like Native Americans have had these reactions and feelings when these natural phenomenon happen, like the sun disappearing. And so, when I tell my stories, they are very fun. They're very loud. They're very engaging. I get the crowd involved in them and I get the children involved in the stories when I'm in the schools." 

Ground will also be connecting the stories passed down from generation to generation to tribes here in New York State and would it meant to them when first witnessing the eclipse that was symbolic for unity. 

"Here in New York State, when we talk about the Haudenosaunee, historically called the Iroquois, the eclipse to us was a signal for change. There was a total eclipse, we believe it was in 1142, is the one that we talk about. That was a signal for us to stop fighting with each other and to join together in our union of peace, symbolized by our Hiawatha belts." 

Ground will be traveling all week leading up to the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8: 

Monday, April 1st - Newstead Library at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2nd - Steele Memorial Library at 3:30 p.m. and Groton Library at 6:30 p.m. (livestreamed)

Wednesday, April 3rd - The New York State Museum at 11 a.m. and Niagara Falls State Park at 5:30pm

Thursday, April 4th - Nazareth University at noon and Alfred University Library at 4pm
 
Friday, April 5th - Huntington Memorial Library at 2 p.m. and Colgate University at 7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, April 6th - Genesee Country Village and Museum at 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 
 
Sunday, April 7th - Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis) at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 
 
Monday, April 8th - The Wild Center (Tupper Lake, NY) at 12:30pm and 4pm
 
Ground will also post updated events and changes on his Facebook page.