Once Upon A Time . . .

Don’t be fooled. The little folk of fairytale and fable are the keepers of the wisdom. What’s more, they’re not stuffy about it. Worldwide, no matter the tradition, folk tales challenge the norm, encourage creative problem-solving, even question who you are in order for you to grow into someone else. We need these stories. Proof is in the fact that if our families don’t provide, we will look elsewhere for them. I have a...

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Stories Used To Be An Event! Still are?

Some Native American cultures saved storytelling for the winter months when people had time to gather together, repeat myths, share histories and create a common cultural bond. It was an event; something to look forward to. In my town, the only thing that comes close is when children gather for Story Hour at the public library or when Irish storyteller, Liz Weir, makes her annual appearance in Boulder. Aditi Worcester, a video biographer, makes...

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Grace O’Mally, the Pirate Queen, and the Lost Story

In some African and Native American cultures, it is believed that events never happened if the story is never told.  Grace O’Mally, the pirate queen of the Sixteenth Century, lived as exciting a life as anyone could ever hope, but she kept switching sides. That was a good survival tactic at the time, but not good in a story sense. Neither the British nor the Irish trusted her. Therefore, neither included her in their histories. Her story was...

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