An Unconventional Medium

Because May is “Get Caught Reading Month,” my last post was a little history lesson on cuneiform, which marked the beginning of storytelling as we know it today. Another powerful form of communication, oral storytelling, is a popular tradition in Native American culture. I am going to shift from the the goal of “get caught reading” to “get caught listening,” not only because oral storytelling has such a rich tradition, but because it also has a place in my heritage.

native americans storytelling

Native American stories were passed down for centuries, exploring everything from practical advice on preparing food to stories of friendship. Most were shared in order to pass wisdom from one generation to the next. The culture was grounded in the knowledge that history can teach us invaluable lessons on life. It is our responsibility not only to apply this knowledge to our lives, but to pass it on to the next generation. And isn’t that the goal of many stories, whether written or spoken? These words are not only meant to entertain; stories can inspire, encourage and ultimately improve our lives and the world around us.

Video on oral traditions

More info on Native American Storytelling


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