by Steve Schuch
"Remember only this one thing," said Badger. The stories
people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to
you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed.
Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That
is why we put these stories in each other's memory."
- from Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez
"Remember only this one thing," said
"The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them.
If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away
where they are needed.
Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.
That is why we put these stories in each other's memory." - from Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez
African folk tale popularized by Pete Seeger, told and recorded by
many others since.
This is a good bet for trying one's hand at combining music with storytelling.
(Click book to see it on amazon.com, for your convenience).
Storytelling by Jack Maguire
Yellow Moon Press, PO Box 1316, Cambridge, MA 02238. More how-to's, different types of stories and suggestions
for adapting stories to suit the teller and audience. (Click
book to see it on barnesandnoble.com, for your convenience).
of the Earth series of books by Michael Caduto & Joseph Bruchac
Beautifully illustrated collection of Native American stories and
environmental activities for children. Introductions contain many
valuable tips; teacher guides are also available.
For an extensive listing of Joseph Bruchac's other
books and tapes, as well as those of many other Native Americans,
write to the Native American Authors Project, The Greenfield Press
Review, 2 Middle Grove Rd, PO Box 308, Greenfield Center, NY 12833.
If you're thinking of retelling some of these stories, ask for a
copy of Bruchac's article "Storytelling and the Sacred; On
the Uses of Native American Stories." In it he explores various
things to consider before starting to tell someone else's sacred
stories. (Click book to see it on amazon.com,
for your convenience).
Join or start a storytelling/song sharing
potluck circle once a month to try out new material with a supportive
group and to listen to new stories and styles of telling.
Consider creating a special space or opening
ritual for your storytelling. Good atmosphere lends magic (think
of stories you've heard around a campfire).
If you're telling a story that you've learned
from another storyteller, it is common courtesy to ask permission
(and give source credit) of the teller from whom it was learned
(see Bruchac's article).
Work with stories that speak to your heart,
not necessarily just those somebody else thinks are "good."
Allow yourself to find your own voice, your
own style for a story, the way you see it and feel it in your own
mind and heart. That is where the power and magic begin.
If you'd like more suggestions, a performance or workshop
in your area, or have updates for this page (or a story to swap),
please call or e-mail me.
Good luck, and
have fun with the tellings! - Steve Schuch
Heron Music 72 Meeting Hill Road, Hillsborough, NH 03244 USA
ph (603) 464-4321 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org