Ryan Dial-Stanley is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and has severed as a cultural educator for most of his life. For years Ryan has traveled across the state to various venues including, schools, libraries, and community centers, to educate others on the lives and practices of NC first peoples. Storytelling is one of the many talents is uses to educate others, most of his performances included demonstrations of Native American music, dances, and different visual art forms. For some venues Ryan sets up information tables on NC tribes, and teaches interactive arts like animal hide paintings.
Ryan currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC where he is a student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in the division of Clinical Lab Science. He is employed at the UNC Cystic Fibrosis Research Center as a Laboratory Technician. At UNC, he is a member of the Carolina Indian Circle, the Clinical Lab Science Service Society, and serves as the President of the Gamma Chapter of Phi Sigma Nu Native American Fraternity.
In the last few years, Ryan has been busy educating others on the indigenous peoples. Ryan performed at Tryon Palace in New Bern as the featured artist for their performing arts series. He spent a week in Rowan Co. traveling to various libraries as the featured storyteller for the Rowan Co. library system’s summer reading program. For years he has performed Native American Powwow dancing at the Lexington Multicultural Festival and now serves as the coordinator for the Festival’s Native American Village. Also, he annually performs powwow dancing during American Indian Heritage Month celebration at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh.