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Movement, Masks, Props and Much More

Share and learn about the use of movement, mask work, props and more in your work.

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Comment by David S. Sharp on December 27, 2011 at 12:27pm


I'll post a photo of the Goblin Mask when I'm done here. My wife and I collect and play a number of Native American Flutes as well. We've got quite a collection of end blown southwest flutes as well as plains flutes. I've also been making Shakuhachi and Xiao from Asia out of bamboo. I'm hoping to start making Native American versions out of Bamboo, but with scales from the Americas, since I don't have a large wood shop. I've also made a few Puppets. The Goblin story came about as a story to involve our instruments in the storytelling. I wrote the initial draft and my wife helped me with working out some of the details and tune selections. We play Harp and Flute and can add in the band by including other instruments as well. Thanks again for helping run the site with the others, it has been a great source of inspiration.

Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on December 24, 2011 at 11:50pm


You have many interesting photos posted here.  I looked and didn't see the Goblin mask.  Maybe you could post it here or there & tell us more about the Goblin's Flute story.  I play Native American flute and would be interested.

Comment by David S. Sharp on December 17, 2011 at 1:17pm

Last year I made a Goblin mask for my Goblin's Flute story I tell. I carved it our of a curved section of Cottonwood and doweled a nose on it. I cut through the 1 1/2 in. wall of the mask for the eyes and fanged mouth, and hold it by the long beard in front of my face. Cottonwood was used for native american drums because the inner core rots away leaving the harder outer wood. I hope to make more but it is difficult finding perfectly perpared material.


Comment by Patsy Allan on August 2, 2010 at 12:28pm
This sounds like a lively group. I use props, puppets and participation with my storytelling. I usually tell to the 0-8 age groups, although I sometimes tell stories to adults using puppets
Comment by shirley carroll on March 15, 2010 at 9:46pm
I'm very versitile,I use all kind's of puppets,even nyself as a body puppet thru song and dance,and comedy and I tend to keep the audience involved.
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on October 28, 2009 at 12:39pm
For fillers, try jokes & riddles. Halloween is fast upon us & a black kettle filled with them on individual strips lets you choose from your audience somebody to pull 1 out, read it (if kids, read it for them), & move on to the next story.
Comment by Kuniko Yamamoto on September 26, 2009 at 7:37pm
Great fun ideas in this group!I've been enjoying reading comments.

Halloween is coming soon. Is there anyone who tells spooky stories with masks? Has anyone ever had a problem with kids getting too scared?
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on August 25, 2009 at 7:56pm
THE GUNNIBAT!!! I love it. That will probably stay with them forever. (Now I'll have to control my mind when telling the Gunniwolf, too!)
Comment by Vicky Dworkin on August 11, 2009 at 12:41am
I've just joined this discussion forum. Since becoming a children's librarian with a lot of preschool or mixed family audiences, I have been branching more and more into use of props - and having fun doing it. I also have great fun using props with older audiences as well.

LoiS's mentioning the Gunniwolf reminded me of how props, costumes, etc. can sometimes lead you in unanticipated directions. I don't usually tell in costume, but a friend gave me a great bat costume (with an 11 foot wingspan) that I use for Halloween. One night, I was doing a Spooky Stories for youngish kids (not too spooky) with a friend, and I expected her to tell the Gunniwolf. We were alternating stories, one on, one off , for 2+ hours. Suddenly, instead of telling Gunniwolf, she was telling about the fearsome Gunnibat - and I was playing the Gunnibat in an unrehearsed, totally spontaneous tandem telling. It was fabulous and the kids loved it. I do have to be careful. The bat costume can be too scary for really young kids.
Comment by LaurenLanita on June 22, 2009 at 4:40pm
Hmmm....I hadn't thought of becoming a character but I really like the idea. Thanks, Rob!
It sounds like the Norns are the Norse version of the Greek (?) fates the the Moirae...CLOTHO who spins the Thread of Life, LACHESIS who allots the length of the yarn, and ATROPOS who does the snip. (I would love to do something with those 3 ladies but one project, sorta , at a time :P )

I have already collected quite a few tales mostly spinning or weaving just a few with knitting and I would give a lot to find a folk or fairy tale with some type of crocheting.
I get together with other knitters/crocheters once a month, we met this weekend and I told them , the quick version of a few of the tales. The really seemed to enjoy them.

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