What is Storytelling?
“More than any other form of communication, the telling of stories in an integral and essential part of the human experience.”
Julie Pasqual, SAI Storyteller
Storytelling is an Ancient Art
It is the live person-to-person oral and physical presentation of a story to an audience. “Telling” involves direct contact between teller and listener. It calls for the tellers to use language, vocalization, and physicality, as well as their own individual personality to bring the tales to life. The listener is free to actively create the vivid, multi-sensory images, actions, characters, and events. The completed story happens in the mind of the listener, unique and personal for each individual.
The Importance of Storytelling
“Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life. Call them schemas, scripts, cognitive maps, mental models, metaphors, or narratives. Stories are how we explain how things work, how we make decisions, how we justify our decisions, how we persuade others, how we understand our place in the world, create our identities, and define and teach social values.” Dr. Pamela Rutledge, Director, Media Psychology Research Center
Every culture in history has created myths, fables, and legends. It is through the oral tradition of storytelling that histories and traditions have been handed down from generation to generation. Why does this matter today? Evolutionary biologists confirm that 100,000 years of reliance on stories have evolutionarily hardwired our brains to think in story terms. This means that all students regardless of race, ethnicity or economic background can benefit from the teaching of storytelling and through storytelling.
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