Lynn Moroney was born Oct. 28, 1935, in Duncan, Oklahoma. She has always proudly identified with her Chickasaw heritage and Chickasaw traditions, most notably storytelling.
Moroney studied storytelling under another well-known performer, Te Ata Thompson Fisher. In turn, she has passed along her knowledge to several Chickasaws who continue to perform and specialize in Chickasaw stories.
During her varied career, Moroney served as the director for the Kirkpatrick Planetarium, located at the Oklahoma Science Museum, and she founded Wintertales, an annual, statewide storytelling workshop in Oklahoma City, as well as Territory Tellers, a storytelling organization.
She presents workshops, performances and residencies for schools, libraries, museums and planetariums. She has performed and conducted storytelling, science and writing workshops across the U.S. and in Mexico. Moroney is best known for her interpretation of world sky stories and has performed these stories in settings that range from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, to the California Academy of Science in San Francisco.
Moroney has also published numerous books, CDs and DVDs and has donated numerous volunteer hours in her community and with the Oklahoma City Arts Council.
She continued her outreach efforts in storytelling representing the Chickasaw Nation during her travels and interactions with other First American tribes. With her assistance, tribes such as the Blackfeet and Crow developed science teaching projects in conjunction with the Lunar and Planetary Institute.
Moroney also conducted workshops for NASA Outreach, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the International Planetary Society and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. She has worked extensively with Chickasaw astronaut John Herrington on an extraordinary NASA outreach project involving storytelling.
Whether in performance or conducting a workshop, Moroney carries on Chickasaw traditions by inviting listeners and participants to appreciate the sky and stories.