Where does Storytelling happen, and why?

Throughout history, storytelling has been the source of our understanding of the world. We have been shaped and molded by the stories we are told. Whether the source comes from a religious text, a political theory, or even just the wise words of a grandparent or elder, our personal philosophy is founded on stories.

In many First Nations’ cultures, stories are told as part of a formal ceremony to validate a person or family’s authority, responsibility, or prestige.  These stories become part of the unwritten culture of that community. Over time, and with the rise of colonization by European settlers, the belief that these oral societies were “subjective” and “uncivilized grew.

However, it has never been more evident than right now that what is written is not the rule. Historically, the act of committing a story to writing created the incorrect assumption that what was written must be the truth. But as we are seeing more and more today, particularly with the rise of false news articles and their impact on politics and today’s society, the written word will often lie.

Modern-day, storytelling can be found everywhere, from youtube videos to the rise of podcasts and the Moth events that have popped up across North America. We are seeing, time and again, that a single individual, sharing their personal truth about a particular subject, when it’s carefully crafted and constructed, is one of the most impactful messages we can receive this day in age.

One person, standing in front of you, with nothing but their story to tell - can pierce through the barrage of false infographics, video blogs, charts stats and google searches and bring you back to the very heart of what is important - The human truth of a situation is the most powerful story you will ever hear.

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To find out more about traditional and contemporary storytelling events and organizations happening across Canada, please see the storytelling links menu at the footer of this site.