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Storytelling

Who doesn’t love a good story?

At its essence, oral storytelling is a story spoken to an audience. Throughout history, it’s taken many forms including songs, poetry, chants, dance, masks, and so on. A good story is at heart a seducer, and the storyteller and audience build a unique dialogue and interaction as they participate in the creation of living art. Traditionally speaking, a storyteller has been associated with a healer, a spiritual guide, a leader, a cultural secret keeper, an entertainer, and a jester, and the storyteller can either seek to console or amuse.

Dr. David Leeming, in his book “Storytelling Encyclopedia: Historical, Cultural, and Multiethnic Approaches to Oral Traditions Around the World”, asserts that storytelling and our obsession with narrative is a characteristic of every culture throughout all of time. The oral tradition of storytelling is expansive, inclusive, and one major hallmark of the human experience that transcends any time, cultural boundaries, and technological boundaries. Humans tell stories, and we somehow wouldn’t be humans or connected to each other if we ceased this life-giving and culturally-affirming action.

Whether you need entertainment, or education, Story is the timeless, universal language that ties us together as human kind. It helps us make sense of our lives and the world around us. It illuminates the human spirit and not only delights and entertains, but enlightens, engages and inspires change for a better world.  Story has the infinite power to connect us across time and space, and frame the human narrative by transcending borders, cultures, boundaries, and barriers. It gives voice and meaning especially to those who may have been silenced or where no voice existed before.

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