Janice Mayeux

Janice Mayeux, Morning Sun, is a Mississippi Philadelphia Choctaw. She specializes in traditional storytelling. Morning Sun collects stories from different tribes and adopts them to suit her own storytelling needs. She is passionate about keeping native cultures alive and believes in different tribes helping on another with this important task, stating, "we all just borrow each other's stories." Morning Sun has always worked with children and loves sharing her stories with visitors to Maison des Cultures at Vermilionville. 

Working at Vermilionville gives Morning Sun the opportunity to share her stories with others and allows her to meet people from all over the world. She and her husband also volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and participate in area Pow Wows. They have visited area schools and libraries and guest-lectured at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as storytellers and experts on local native culture. Morning Sun loves working at Vermilionville and describes the community as a "big happy family."