“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in heart forever.” – Native American Proverb
Stories provided the communal bread from which all people shared within a given culture or community. Stories brought the characters of tales and myths closer to people. They passed on the wisdom necessary to keep tradition alive.
Story answered questions like:
Where did we, as a people, come from (life and death)?
How do we grow from adolescences to adulthood?
How do we relate to nature?
Good vs. Evil: what is their significant in our world?
Everything necessary, for a people to survive, was found in story. It was the way of grounding the lessons of life into the core of everyone who listened – the proverbial “glue” that held a people together.
I have been re-introduced to importance of story after years of working within the Native American community. My current project, the Wisdom Path podcasts, is about the telling of story and what wisdom is being passed in the process.
I hope you’ll join me and my team for this podcast series starting January 2017.