I recently heard one of my heros give a speech. Chief Joseph Medicine Crow is the story keeper, or storyteller, of his family in the Crow tribe. He was the first of his people to go to college, and the last war chief, having counted coup on the Germans in WWII. He's well into his nineties, and I was thrilled to hear him speak again.
A self-deprecating man, he began by saying, "The wind has whistled and stolen my memory, but I have many more stories to tell."
Boy, did he ever.