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January 2009 Blog Posts (40)

Bawang Merah & Bawang Putih - Indonesian Folktale

This is a very famous folktale from Indonesia. "Bawang Merah" in English is "Red Onion", and "Bawang Putih" is "white onion". Both are the names of the characters in this story.



Bawang Putih was a name of a little girl who lived in a small village with her father. Her mother passed away when she was still a little baby, so to make Bawang Putih happy and not feeling lonely, her father decided to marry a woman. Bawang Putih's stepmother had a daughter who became Bawang Putih's… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on January 31, 2009 at 9:12pm — No Comments

The Cat and the Owl - My Favourite Fable!

When God created the world, He created all the living being carefully and full of love. He gave all the animals the most perfect eyes for each of them. He gave the big round beautiful eyes to the deers, He gave the small eyes to the big body elephants, He gave a pair of eyes that could see faraway for the eagles, and so on. All the animals had got their eyes for sure, but only the cat and the owl who had not got their eyes yet.



By that time, God had only two pairs of eyes left. The… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on January 30, 2009 at 1:35am — 2 Comments

The Hen and the Eagle

ONCE the Hen was engaged to the Eagle. As a sign of their engagement, the Eagle presented a golden ring to the Hen as a gift.



"Take good care of this ring with your life, my Love," told the Eagle to the Hen, 'for I gave you this ring with all my heart and soul, so you need to guard it with your soul and heart too!"



"Sure, my dear," answered the Hen, "I will definitely guard this ring with my life," as the Hen promised.



The Hen was very happy about this, however,… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on January 30, 2009 at 1:03am — No Comments

Henny Penny - Origin of Chicken Little

ONE day Henny-penny was sleeping under an acorn tree in the cornyard when--whack!--something hit her upon the head. 'Goodness gracious me!' said Henny-penny; 'the sky's a-going to fall; I must go and tell the king.'



So she went along and she went along and she went along till she met Ducky-lucky. 'Where are you going, Hennypenny?' says Ducky-lucky. 'Oh! I'm going to tell the king the sky's a-falling,' says Henny-penny. 'May I come with you?' says Ducky-lucky. 'Certainly,' says… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on January 29, 2009 at 1:06am — No Comments

Awang Gelimang - A story from Africa

Just want to share stories that I know... Please comment.

Awang Gelimang







Long time ago in Africa, there was no rain for one whole year. All the animals were afraid since the plants were starting to die. The king of the jungle, the Great Lion hold a meeting to find out who or what could save the land. Only the Wise Owl knew the answer. In order to get the rain, the animals had to grow the name of a magic tree and only the Spirit of the Mountain knew what the… Continue

Added by Maria Sui on January 29, 2009 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

You *Can* still Get Your Page at Storyteller.net

Being listed in the two major storytelling directories is critical to your success as a working teller. If you don't yet have a site, directories are a good way to have something to refer to while your site is being carefully considered.



Some tellers like Tim Ereneta are doing just that. He forwards http://www.timereneta.com to his page with us. He has a Super Premium page with us, but you can at least get the idea of how that might work for…
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Added by K. Sean Buvala on January 27, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Holocaust Memorial Day

Updated by Digistory blog with some of my comments and problems on trying to mark this day with a story and an activity suitable for 5-12 year olds.

Added by Virginia Cano on January 27, 2009 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Kevin Cordi Coming to Phoenix- A Rare Treat for Tellers in the Southwest!

The 2nd Annual

Emergent Storytelling Series




Featuring Guest Teller Kevin Cordi.



Sunday, February 22, 2009

6:00PM to 9:30PM

$15 Per Person Advanced Purchase

($20 at the door if space is available.)



Come join us for an evening of story and learning with Kevin Cordi.



Location:

Homewood Suites Hotel…

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Added by K. Sean Buvala on January 26, 2009 at 2:02am — No Comments

Business Storytelling Podcast #2: What Did the Plumber Know?

You are invited to listen my latest podcast:



Episode Two: "What Did the Plumber Know?"



How can you use even an old, familiar story in your business presentations?



Listen in Here: http://www.storytellerpodcast.com/bizcast/storybizcast_02.mp3



Sean presents the "Storytelling and Narrative for…
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Added by K. Sean Buvala on January 23, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

The legend of the Potatoe

Finished translating and adapting into English the legend of the potatoe. This is an ancient story from the Aymaras, an indian people from Peru. The story retells, how the potatoe became a gift from the gods to the Sapalla people, who have been enslaved by the Caris. There is plenty of difficult names, Gods, the eruption of a volcanoe, and some mischief as well.



I researched the story in a number of Spanish-speaking websites and enlarged and adapted it for storytelling. I hope to be… Continue

Added by Virginia Cano on January 23, 2009 at 10:04am — No Comments

Mother Goose flies South

And a Happy New Goose to you all too!
>
> goosey, goosey gander is tired of wandering
> upstairs and downstairs, and packing up everything
> boxes by the windows, boxes by the door,
> boxes in the basement, and still we pack some more.
> five tall men in coats came calling
> to bid on what we think they're hauling
> to our small home in Tennessee.
> Happy to see you, we will be!
> ___mogoose
>

Added by Marjorie Shaefer - a.k.a. - Mother Goose on January 21, 2009 at 10:37am — No Comments

FYI- Springboard for Stories Retreat by Jackson Gillman

Are you sitting on some great stories that you might want to put out there…?



For the third year, Jackson Gillman will offer “Springboards for Stories" on January 30 - February 2, 2009 in one of New England's most inspiring settings: Rudyard Kipling's historic Brattleboro VT home, "Naulakha" ("jewel without price").



Over the past 27 years, I have presented workshops annually at the New England Storytelling Conference, rotating 8 different ones. Springboards has become a… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on January 20, 2009 at 12:25am — No Comments

New Corporate Storytelling Podcast: Session One: The Guy in the Bathroom.

I've launched a new podcast series for those using storytelling in corporate, business and non-profit settings.

Shorter than the other podcast, these last only 8-10 minutes with one story and one point per podcast.

Come listen if you'd like.

Episode One: The Guy in the Bathroom.

Added by K. Sean Buvala on January 19, 2009 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

Big Feet little feet

Today, yesterday and more of tomorrow, when the earth was young, and the crows couldn't fly, a tiny bird sat in a pool of water.



His little feet were covered in the water, and as he looked down, he noticed that his feet seemed to be much MUCH bigger than usual.



"Why? I have the wrong feet on!"



The little bird started to weep, tiny little tears, his feathers became fluffed up and ruffled and the tears filled

the puddle, as it grew deeper and… Continue

Added by Olivia Wells on January 18, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Burns Night

I will be celebrating the anniversary of Robbie Burn's birthday on a slightly different mode next week at the DigiStory telling club. We will indeed be doing poems by Robbie Burns, but I will introduce a story about the potatoe, coming from Peru, to be included as one of the traditional food staples of Scotland, and of course, served as tatties, with neeps and haggis. Have a look at the Digistory for more on Robert Burns and the… Continue

Added by Virginia Cano on January 18, 2009 at 10:57am — No Comments

A Note of Gratitude

As I continue to explore storytelling options and opportunities, my gratitude to the many generous storytellers out there is often overwhelming. On occasion, I feel a bit isolated in my efforts to design new programs, learn or create stories, develop promotional pieces and market to customers. Having a website like this one where I can connect with old and new storytelling friends makes quite a difference for me. That, along with my circle of local and regional teller contacts help to keep me… Continue

Added by Glenda Bonin on January 18, 2009 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

News from the Society for Storytelling in England

A happy and peaceful New Year to everyone. I hope it is permissable for me to mention that the new website for SfS now has its shop up and running so that for the first time our publications are available for purchase online using Paypal, thus removing the block of currrency exchange. Authors include Grace hallworth, Jack Zipes, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Hugh Lupton, Ben Haggarty and more. Do visit us on www.sfs.org.uk and please feel welcome to pass on to us a link to your organisation so that… Continue

Added by Martin Manasse on January 17, 2009 at 6:07pm — No Comments

NEW WEBSITE UPDATE & FUNNY STORIES

MY PAGE ON PROFESSIONAL STORYTELLER IS WONDERFUL, BUT i BELIEVE EVERY PROFESSIONAL TELLER SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN WEB PAGE. WEBS.COM, WHAT WE CHOSE IS WORKING WELL FOR US AND I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS AS AN EASY, CHEAP(FREE) WAY TO GET THAT DONE. YOU CAN ADD AUDIO OR VIDEO, I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE FREE, FUNNY STORIES ARE WAITING TO BE HEARD AND VIEWED AT HEAINTRIGHT.WEBS.COM RIGHT NOW. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO HEAR TWO SHORT FUNNY STORIES RIGHT THIS SECOND. i… Continue

Added by Anthony Burcher on January 16, 2009 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Organising structures

I am constantly exploring which is the best way to help children organise their thoughts when it comes to the stories they make. I have previously used storyboards as a standard way of helping children slot in their ideas and their drawings within an organising structure for their stories. However some days ago, a colleague suggested using maps from recognised fictional characters, as a way to get children within a pre-organised structure. Children could chose, the map, and invent around the… Continue

Added by Virginia Cano on January 16, 2009 at 12:15pm — No Comments

New story on Aztec god Tezcatlipoca

I have recently updated the Digistory blog with a story on the Aztec God Tezcatlipoca. I am constantly on the trawl for these stories as they are difficult to find in English. I found these and other stories written by Lorna Dills . Her website is really interesting particularly as she suggests lesson plans for primary scholl children researching the… Continue

Added by Virginia Cano on January 16, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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