Telling stories is more than just a fun activity. It is a way of preserving the culture and beliefs of a tribe or community and passing them down to the next generation. That is the real significance of oral traditions. Our self help group women have regular story telling sessions in which they use hand made appliqués as props to use as visuals.
We do know that all cultures have told stories. Some of the earliest evidence of stories comes from the cave drawings in Lascaux and Chavaux, France. The drawings, which date as far back as 30,000 years ago, depict animals, humans, and other objects. Some of them appear to represent visual stories.
Storytelling has different forms and mediums across the globe. But every story has a common purpose.
They are used to teach lessons, morals, and to entertain people. Across India’s diverse cultures, you will see them each follow their own style of storytelling. While some narrate, others employ props like puppets, dance, and even musical instruments. And others that are told completely through the medium of dance, song, and music.
Our Storytelling sessions are enhanced by gestures, body movements, mime, dance, music, and more. Through this process, the act of storytelling becomes more theatrical in character.
Our women are also learning digital storytelling which is a tool that allows you to tell stories through technology.
Digital storytellers use many different platforms, such as video narration with images of the narrator and other visuals, text on websites or social media apps, , or podcasts.
There are more advantages than disadvantages – literary advancement because people can easily share their stories in a way they never have before; increase in creativity from limitless imagination possibilities; community-building where listeners and readers are able to connect with each other much easier across time and distance by leaving comments on audio posts online; skills gained from learning how to work with all types of new technologies that help students find out what interests them most about computers science.
The objective for any digital story is conveying meaning concisely and effectively, which can often be achieved more easily through images rather than just words alone.
The 7 Elements of Digital Storytelling
- Purpose of the story