Why Story Crossroads Loves National Storytelling Network (You Could, too!)–Part 2 of 5

This is the second of five parts on benefits to take advantage of as a member of the National Storytelling Network. Story Crossroads is proud to be an organization member of NSN.

Awesomeness Revealed:

  • Part 1 – Borrow NSN’s nonprofit status for grants–as individual or organization – REVEALED
  • Part 2 – Research through Greenwood’s World Folklore and Folklife Database for free – TODAY
  • Part 3 – Delve into NSN’s Accreditation Program
  • Part 4 – Benefit from in-state tuition for Storytelling Masters (with virtual options)
  • Part 5 – Participate in special interest groups – education, organizations, healing, leadership/producing

You are hungry. You are hungry for stories. You are willing to research and understand them better…or discover them for the first time.

More assumptions. Whether or not they are all true, that is fine.

Now…did you know that you can explore one of the best databases on folktales when you are logged in as a dues-paying member of the National Storytelling Network?

Julie Dunbar, editor with Wold Folklore and Folklife, said, “Every group in every culture creates its own folklore traditions that provide an unparalleled approach to understanding their fears, hopes, loves, wants, taboos, and beliefs.”

This Greenwood database has the potential to unlock mysteries whether you develop personal tales OR folktales.

Donald Davis, when developing stories, focuses on a year. He then gathers as much information about that year–current events, what games and such were popular at the time, etc. So if you lean towards personal stories, then have comfort and confidence in the usage of the database.

Csenge Zalka, famous for her uncanny and meticulous research ability with folktales, easily convinced 60+ people to sign up for her virtual 90-minute workshop through Story Crossroads. She is now offering more of those workshops in Hungarian and back to English again. She listed many resources though also praised this Greenwood database. So if you lean towards folktales, then have comfort and confidence in the usage of the database.

If you lean towards both personal tales and folktales, then you have ultimate comfort and confidence. Congrats…and get to work.

And…how do you access it? On the National Storytelling Network website in the upper right corner is the “Members Only” page. I recommend already being logged in, which is possible on the right side of any page you explore on the National Storytelling Network page.

Once on that page, there are two codes you need at the bottom.

Only when you are logged in will the magic appear to open a world of research much like the wardrobe that leads to Narnia.

Search for any of the following subjects (as listed on the NSN site):

  • Celebrations and Rituals
  • Food and Drink
  • Holidays and Festivals
  • Music and Dance
  • Religion and Belief
  • Tales, Myths, and Urban Legends
  • Traditional Arts and Crafts

Intrigued? Glad you are already a member of the National Storytelling Network? Wishing you were a member of the National Storytelling Network?

Today is that time. Go here for the opportunity to be connected and be part of the National Storytelling Network.

Want to discover more beyond this 5-part Blog Series? Check out the the next Story Crossroads adventure on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 9:00am-10:30am MDT from your computer- The Big Why Panel: Historical Storytelling meets Humanities.

Edutainment – A to Z Blog Challenge

Lady from South Korea--Steve Evans

Versión en Español se puede encontrar a continuación o haga clic aquí para ir allí. Haga clic en mí para saltar a la parte española.  Come to the free Story Crossroads Festival on April 15-16, 2016 at the Viridian Event Center (8030 S. 1825 W., West Jordan, UT).

This post is part of the A to Z Blog Challenge.  See more at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.

Why only educate when you can entertain?  Why only entertain when you can educate?  Many story artists choose to combine the powers of education and entertainment and promote what is gleefully explained as “Edutainment.”

Examples of Edutainment by Story Artists:

  •  Donald Davis – He gets you rolling with laughter and perhaps shedding a tear or two and at the end of his crazy personal narrative he reminds the audience of the stories within them with questions like, “Did you ever give someone a haircut?”  “Did you ever sneak into the house?”  “Did you ever…”  He could have just told the stories and the audience would have felt satisfied.  Instead, Donald Davis feels it is his duty to leave the audience thinking.  The audience educates itself.
  • Doug Elliott – He created a whole song about scat.  Yes, scat.  He gets the kids and the adults interested in the excrement of creatures large and small.  Doug sings it for all ages though the adults have their own inside joke when the chorus goes, “It starts with ‘s’ and it ends with ‘t.’”  No foul language here though.  It is scat.  He tells stories of exploding plants and the amazing dandelion to water-drinking frogs and lazy-in-the-sun snakes.  He blends his passion and expertise as a naturalist perfectly with being a storyteller.
  • Dovie Thomason – Entertainment is not always about the laughs, though Dovie surely can get an audience laughing.  She is of the Lakota/Kiowa Apache tribes and tells stories of the First Nations.  My favorite piece is when Dovie is adopted into another tribe.  Another favorite is when she shares an intense piece that delves into the cruelty and injustices that happened in the Indian Boarding Schools.  For both pieces, I felt all kinds of emotions while learning about situations or moments that make a huge difference in our society.

And I barely noticed that all these names of storytellers begin with the letter “D” when this is an “E” post.  Now that is entertaining…to me, anyway.

Recommended Books that Give Ideas for Edutainment:

  • “The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum” by Sherry Norfolk, Jane Stenson, and Diane Williams
  • “Social Studies in the Storytelling Classroom: Exploring Our Cultural Voices and Perspectives” by Jane Stenson and Sherry Norfolk
  •  “Tales with Tails: Storytelling the Wonders of the Natural World” by Kevin Strauss
  • “Wonders of the Sea:  Merging Ocean Myth with Ocean Science” by Kendall Haven
  • “Wonders of the Land:  Merging Earth Myth with Earth Science” by Kendall Haven

We appreciate Steve Evans granting permission to use the picture he took in South Korea.  You can find all of his images here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/babasteve/.

Aquí lo tiene.

Lady from South Korea--Steve Evans

¿Por qué sólo educar cuando puedes entretener?  ¿Por qué sólo entretener cuando puedes educar?  Historia Muchos artistas escogen para combinar las competencias de educación y entretenimiento y promover lo que es explicado como alegremente “Edutainment”.

Ejemplos de edutainment por historia artistas:

  • Donald Davis – Él le consigue rodando de risa y quizás derramar una lágrima o dos y al final de su locura narrativa personal recuerda a la audiencia de las historias dentro de ellos con preguntas como, “¿Alguna vez alguien dé un corte de pelo?”  “has furtivamente en la casa?”  “has…”  podría haber dicho a las historias y el público se han sentido satisfechos.  En su lugar, Donald Davis considera que es su deber dejar a la audiencia en el pensamiento.  La audiencia educa a sí mismo.
  • Doug Elliott – ha creado toda una canción acerca de scat. Sí, scat.  Él obtiene los cabritos y los adultos interesados en el excremento de las criaturas grandes y pequeñas.  Doug canta para todas las edades, aunque los adultos tienen su propia broma interna cuando el coro va, “comienza con ‘S’ y termina con ‘t'”.  Ningún lenguaje obsceno aquí aunque.  Es scat.  Él relata historias de la explosión de las plantas y la increíble jaramago al agua potable y las ranas lazy-en-el-sol serpientes.  Él combina la pasión y la experiencia como un naturalista perfectamente con ser un narrador.
  • Dovie Thomason – Entretenimiento no es siempre sobre las risas, aunque seguramente Dovie puede obtener una audiencia riendo. Ella es de los Lakota/Kiowa Apache tribus y cuenta historias de las Primeras Naciones.  Mi pieza favorita es cuando Dovie se aprobó en otra tribu.  Otro favorito es cuando comparte una intensa obra que ahonda en la crueldad y las injusticias que ocurrieron en los internados indios.  Para ambos pedazos, sentí todo tipo de emociones mientras aprende acerca de situaciones o momentos que hacen una gran diferencia en nuestra sociedad.

Y apenas me di cuenta de que todos estos nombres de narradores comienzan con la letra “D” cuando este es un post “E”.  Ahora que es entretenida…a mí, de todos modos.

Libros recomendados que dé ideas para Edutainment:

  • “La narración en el aula: Aplicaciones en el currículo” de Sherry Norfolk, Jane Stenson, y Diane Williams
  • “Estudios Sociales en la narración en el aula: explorar nuestras voces y perspectivas culturales” por Jane Stenson y Sherry Norfolk
  • “Cuentos con colas: La narración de las Maravillas del Mundo Natural” por Kevin Strauss
  • “maravillas del mar Océano: combinar el mito con la ciencia oceánica” de Kendall Haven
  • “Maravillas de la tierra: la fusión de la tierra el mito con las ciencias de la Tierra” por Kendall Haven

Apreciamos Steve Evans la concesión de permiso para utilizar la foto que tomó en Corea del Sur. Puede encontrar todas sus imágenes aquí: https://www.flickr.com/photos/babasteve/.