Fred A. Shaw
also is known as Neeake (“He-Talks-as-He- Flies" or the Canada Goose). The most significant response he has received to a program was from a second-grade girl. He asked the class what Shawnee people had to give up to survive. She answered, “Your hearts!”
Many historical venues, museums, universities, the National Trust for Historical Preservation, conservation groups, and zoos have given Fred high praise. His favorite honor is from a first-grader, “I like you. You’re nice!”
Fred was raised on the farm in Muskingum County, OH, where one of his Shawnee ancestors changed his name, married the daughter of the Revolutionary War veteran, and purchased a portion of his father-in-law's land grant. The local neighbors risked their own freedom by witnessing to it. The original parchment land grant that was purchased at the time and the bill of sale with his ancestor's X and the witnesses' signatures are in the family archives.
He is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa among other honors. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Fred retired in 2010 after 41 years of service as a pastor in the United Methodist Church.
Fred currently is the national Executive Director for a school for American Indian pastors who maintain their cultures. He travels throughout the United States in that capacity as a consultant to American Indian ecumenical groups.
Neeake, as he is known by many, began telling stories in 1971. He has presented storytelling, historical enactments, and multicultural programs for public and private schools, universities, museums, zoos, churches and synagogues, conservation groups, the IRS, several State Departments of Natural Resources, Army Corps of Engineers, State and National Parks, EPA, FDA, and other venues nationally and internationally. He has been a featured teller in several national storytelling venues. Neeake was one of ten American Indian storytellers who shared stories at the first-ever national American Indian storytelling festival at Corn Island. He was a featured performer and emcee for the 2013 Indian Market Days at the Eiteljorg Museum of the American Indian in Indianapolis, IN.
Fred is a published author in the fields of history, animal conservation, photography, and Biblical studies. He wrote a script, developed a photographic storyboard, and provided the voice-over for a film about the cheetah that was part of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Thane Maynard featured Fred in the book, Working with Wildlife, a biographical collection of international experts in the fields of wildlife education, conservation, and art. THE STORYTELLER’S COMPANION TO THE BIBLE, THE BOOK OF REVELATION and ON THIS SPIRIT WALK, a compilation of essays by traditional and Christian American Indian people, feature essays and stories by Fred. One of his photos graces the cover of Sullys Hill National Game Preserve in ND.
Neeake is a member of the Society of Northwest Longhunters (1754-1814 reenacting and research group), the Indiana Territorial Mounted Rangers (1807-1814), and the Single Action Shooting Society's mounted division (1861-1890). He has performed at the Cincinnati Zoo for over 30 years. He has been a featured performer at the Old West Festival at Williamsburg, OH, for six years.
I LOVE MY JOB
Fred and Nancy Eppley married in 1970. Their son, Ross, is the program developer for the History Museum in the Cincinnati Museum Center. Ross and Erin have a daughter and a son. Fred's and Nancy's daughter, Anne Mackin, is a wild animal trainer having worked for the Cincinnati Zoo and in the bird show at Disney World's Animal Kingdom and worked with tigers and wolves with her husband, Bill. Anne and Bill have two boys.