Recently I told a friend of mine that I thought the environmental movement was using scare tactics too much and was too depressing in its arguments. He replied that it may be true about the fear, but he didn’t think the environmental community was depressing enough.
There is a story that a human life is like a man riding a donkey with a tiger walking behind him. The man lives in fear of the tiger. Sometimes he goes faster, sometimes he goes slower. Sometimes he looks and feels more. Sometimes he goes to sleep on the donkey. The man is always afraid that if he turns and looks at the tiger too closely the tiger will eat him. But the truth is the tiger does not care whether the man looks or not. Death waits for us all – while walking right behind our shoulders.
Press Play to hear Brother Wolf speak with Tejumola Ologboni on Walking the Talk with Street Storytelling.
A little more on the Artist…
Teju of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a master storyteller and folklorist of international renown. He draws listeners into stories with gestures and movements, and sometimes with music made on traditional Africa instruments. Some of his stories are filled with Read more »
The best part of this report is half way in… but worth watching…
Here is quote from the man in 1993… Do you feel you’re carrying a message from Africa?
Let’s be modest. Africa is vast, and it would be pretentious to speak in its name. I’m fighting the battle with words because I’m a storyteller, a griot. Rightly or wrongly, they call us masters of the spoken word. Our duty is to encourage the West to appreciate Africa more. It’s also true that many Africans don’t really know their own continent. And if you forget your culture, you lose sight of yourself. It is said that “the day you no longer know where you’re going, just remember where you came from.” Our strength lies in our culture. Everything I do as a storyteller, a griot, stems from this rooting and openness.
Brother Wolf will perform his storytelling epic over a six week period at Pass It on Kids starting on Wednesday, the 21st of April.
The first six hours of Brother Wolf’s seven hours of the storytelling epic, “Fairy tales Forever,”will be performed at Pass it On Kid’s over the next six Wednesdays starting on the 21st of April at 3:15 PM. Each performance is one hour long.
Fairy tales Forever is a continuous oral narrative modeled after 1001 Arabian nights where one story ties together a range of traditional fairy tales. In this case the stories are inspired by the modern European Fairy tales, the Brothers Grimm and many other well traveled stories. Brother Wolf (Eric Wolf) has been working on this series of stories for the past fifteen years. Read more »
April 9th-11th, 2010 an eco-teller’s retreat will take place in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Interested storytellers, environmental educators and interpretive naturalists are welcome to attend.
The retreat is open to any person who is currently considers themselves an amateur or professional storyteller, environmental educator or interpretive naturalist. The retreat is organized by Read more »
Press Play to hear Michael Cotter speak on farming the heartland of American storytelling on the Art of Storytelling with Brother Wolf.
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Farming the Heartland of American Storytelling.
Michael Cotter is the first national storyteller to perform personal stories on the main stage at Jonesborough, TN. He is a semi-retired farmer and winner of the 2009 oracle award for excellence in storytelling.
Press Play to hear Kim Weitkamp speak about reaching troubled youth through storytelling on the Art of Storytelling with Brother Wolf.
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Reaching Troubled Youth through Storytelling.
Kim Weitkamp writes… For 15 years I saw first hand the amazing power of story. The right story deposited at the right time is like a time release capsule. I cannot count how many times one of the teens that I was working with would come back to me, after I told them a story, and they’d say, “Hey, you know that story you told me the other day? Well, I’ve been thinking about it.
When I would hold group discussions, a story would bring together opposing sides. When I was digging into a person’s heart, trying gently to unearth the pain that was causing them to act out in anger, a story would be the trowel. When I looked into the angry hurting eyes of teen, a story would prove to them that I Read more »