Spotlight on Aboriginal storytelling

Dubbo Photo News (Dubbo NSW, Australia), November 22, 2014   Summary: The performance of contemporary Aboriginal stories on the stages of regional theatres and performance spaces is not yet part of mainstream cultural programming. Yet, the expression of Aboriginal culture through storytelling has a history that far outdates Western culture, which makes its absence from …

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The Sparrow’s Gifts

(HSA) Retold by Kevin Strauss, M.S. Ed.

Once, in old Japan, an old woman was gathering firewood in the forest when she saw a sparrow hopping around on the ground. It was almost as if the sparrow couldn’t fly. The woman put down her firewood and slowly walked up to the bird.

“Don’t worry, little friend,”…

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling Harvard Business Review (Cambridge, MA), October 28, 2014 Summary: Paul J. Zak said, “A decade ago, my lab discovered that a neurochemical called oxytocin is a key ‘it’s safe to approach others’ signal in the brain. Oxytocin is produced when we are trusted or shown a kindness, and it …

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Storytelling and Meditation: An Oasis of Repair

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Storytelling and Meditation: An Oasis of Repair © Laura Simms 2014 In 1979 I fell in love with traditional tales: fairytales, epics, myths and teaching stories. I was intrigued by what happened to my audiences and myself when words, images and memory came alive in the space …

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After War

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING After War © Margaux Richet, 2014 Is it possible that a war can make stories disappear? Is it possible that adults can force themselves to forget that there was a time when storytelling belonged to their family, to their ancestors, to their neighbors, far from books and …

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Farmers Market at the Autumn Equinox

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Farmers Market at the Autumn Equinox © Merna Ann Hecht 2013   wanting to nest in the yellow-leafed wind, inside this basket heaped with saucers of late summer squash, bunched arugula, lipstick and gypsy peppers,we know the news of the day, wars against children, tax cuts for …

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Sacred Messenger

DIVING IN THE MOON: HONORING STORY, FACILITATING HEALING Sacred Messenger © Gloria Two-Feathers 2014 Rain and drought have a rhythm. But during the times of drought there is always someone or something that holds the seed for the future generation. I was experiencing my personal drought when I met Buck Ghost Horse. And a lot …

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