Mythology has been handed down to us from a time when natural phenomena inspired images and personification, a time when cultures co-evolved intimately with their habitat, and the stories that were told from one generation to the next were stories that were 'overheard' in the patterns and rhythms of an ensouled world. Folk tales, wonder tales, even biographical stories, are maps of inner and cultural landscapes.
Stories are image sequences which often, like in a dream, contain an internal logic that is nonverbal and nonlinear, and reveals the interconnections between elements of a system. Stories invite us to shift our gaze beyond habitual perspectives and encounter the world looking through many eyes, human and non human.
Throughout the ages, traditional storytellers have fostered social cohesion by bringing people together through live encounters, and were able to address a wide variety of social issues through metaphor and imagination. As Contemporary storytellers embody and hold this carrying stream and aim to play a role in revitalising community life.
Together with my colleagues from the School of Storytelling at Emerson College, we welcome you to explore with us our approach to change-making and mytho-poetic activism through storytelling.