Presentation Title

Connections: The Art of Storytelling

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented April 1, 2017

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

1-4-2017 3:15 PM

End Date

1-4-2017 3:30 PM

Abstract

Connections: The Art of Storytelling is a broadcasting initiative coordinated by Mike Weddell. With a grant received from the Community Radio fund of Canada, and using CFBX campus radio as a base of operations, the project coordinators and volunteers will spend the next few months collecting stories and looking to record and produce 25 hours of spoken-word programming. I helped contribute to this research project through service learning.

Oral tradition is as old as the human race. The telling of stories serves to educate, to strengthen community ties, to entertain, and to heal. These are the main goals of the Connections project. The criteria for this content is broad and can include personal narratives, family anecdotes, myths and legends, and original fictions. The stories gathered will be funny, heart-warming, tragic, and as short or as long as needed. Significant emphasis was placed on gathering stories from the First Nations communities, whose culture is greatly connected to oral traditions.

My job was interviewing and recording oral histories with people wishing to contribute. Oral history has recently been recognized as a legal way of proving past events. As a History major with a concentration in Aboriginal Studies, I took part in this project to better understand the ways we remember and tell stories. It is important to understand the ways of oral history and teachings within the Aboriginal community. In my presentation I will talk about the project, how I got involved and what I learned. I will also talk about challenges within this project and the art of active listening. This research project has been near and dear to my heart and has helped me grow as a person. Storytelling helped not only me but all of those who shared their stories.

Department

History

Faculty Advisor

Lisa Cooke

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Apr 1st, 3:15 PM Apr 1st, 3:30 PM

Connections: The Art of Storytelling

IB 1020

Connections: The Art of Storytelling is a broadcasting initiative coordinated by Mike Weddell. With a grant received from the Community Radio fund of Canada, and using CFBX campus radio as a base of operations, the project coordinators and volunteers will spend the next few months collecting stories and looking to record and produce 25 hours of spoken-word programming. I helped contribute to this research project through service learning.

Oral tradition is as old as the human race. The telling of stories serves to educate, to strengthen community ties, to entertain, and to heal. These are the main goals of the Connections project. The criteria for this content is broad and can include personal narratives, family anecdotes, myths and legends, and original fictions. The stories gathered will be funny, heart-warming, tragic, and as short or as long as needed. Significant emphasis was placed on gathering stories from the First Nations communities, whose culture is greatly connected to oral traditions.

My job was interviewing and recording oral histories with people wishing to contribute. Oral history has recently been recognized as a legal way of proving past events. As a History major with a concentration in Aboriginal Studies, I took part in this project to better understand the ways we remember and tell stories. It is important to understand the ways of oral history and teachings within the Aboriginal community. In my presentation I will talk about the project, how I got involved and what I learned. I will also talk about challenges within this project and the art of active listening. This research project has been near and dear to my heart and has helped me grow as a person. Storytelling helped not only me but all of those who shared their stories.