We sometimes forget
what a powerful gift that is.
I am sure that, at the dawn
of civilization, when hunters went out to kill a mammoth on which their clan would have to live for the next six months, some man, not necessarily one of the shrewdest when it came to tracking the beast or the bravest when the animal was cornered, returned at night to sit by the campfire and relate
the incidents of that day.
He told of the bird that guided his hunt; he told of the heroic resolution of the prey, noble and defensive with skills not encountered before;
he identified the men who led the assault and the one on whom all depended when it seemed the mammoth would escape;
and this fireside narrator lent that day a glory that it could never otherwise have gained.”
The World is my Home
To tell a story
People listen to stories and remember them!
Stories have a stickiness which keeps them in people’s hearts long after they first heard them.
So as to grab your audience
The stories I tell are stories that speak to me – they make me laugh, or touch me in some way.
(1st Rule of Storytelling: tell storiesyou enjoy telling, ones that mean something to you!)
Most ly I tell traditional folktales that embody a wisdom that has ensured their survival for many generations -
People did not wait
until there was writing before they told stories
and sang songs.
— Albert Bates Lord
And what Michener omits to mention is that, as humans, we’re also story listeners.
The reason our ancestors survived is because they listened to the story -
Without (hi)story to guide us, we repeat the errors of the past, and have no vision of the future.
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