Create a story and feel empowered in the traditional art of storytelling with a griot and artist. Click HERE to register, Feb. 28 - March 28.
Traditionally, storytelling has been the mechanism for maintaining a culture's collective memory. Major events were held in memory by an oral historian who retold the highlights over and over, keeping the event alive generation after generation. Other stories taught proper social interaction or explained spiritual principles and creation. Stories have helped Omope define herself. As an American of mixed ancestry born in the Appalachian hills of Southeastern Ohio, defining herself was very difficult. Listening to family elders recount the stories of talents, skills, conflict and migration helped Omope know her own worth. Omope is a griot, an oral historian, and carries responsibility for keeping memories alive for the next generation. Her residencies focus on storytelling as a traditional art form. Research into telling styles will introduce a multicultural aspect to the work, allowing students to explore such styles as blackbox oration, shadow puppetry, dance and totem creation.