Pueblo Storytelling Traditions and Mine

Pueblo Storytelling Traditions and Mine

Just read Leslie Marmon Silko’s book Storyteller for the second time. It is a delightful collection of short stories, photographs, and poetry influenced by the traditional stories of Silko’s Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. It’s worth two reads because it illustrates how storytelling shapes people, families and whole cultures. The shaping is subtle and sometimes odd. Silko includes a couple of stories that stick in her memory...

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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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THE MOTH: Uptown New Yorkers Recreate Porch Stories

Love of  a good story isn’t new but it has become au courant. Check out The Moth http://www.themoth.org Novelist George Dawes Green wanted to recreate, on a NYC stage, the feeling of stories told on his friend’s porch on St Simon’s Island Georgia. He started in 1997, now eleven years later, his idea has expanded to LA and includes Story Slams. Better yet, the winners can be downloaded as podcasts....

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