Monday, August 14, 2017

New project to share traditional stories which have "come from away."

"Tales from Afar: Old Stories from New Residents"

The St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership and the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) are looking for old stories from new residents as part of a project to collect and share the diversity of oral traditions that exist within the region.

The goal is to create a showcase of traditional stories and folktales from around the world. The project will end with the creation of written booklet of world folktales. The booklet will be made available online, printed, and shared through key organizations and at community events.

What kind of stories do you want?
We are looking for folktales, legends, myths, stories of saints and miracles, ghost stories, fables or stories of talking animals, or traditional children’s tales -- any story that has been passed down by word of mouth.

Who can share a story?
If you come from away, and know an old story, we want to hear it! Storytellers could be recent refugees, temporary foreign workers, international students, newly arrived professionals or economic migrants, or could be well-established immigrants who have long since made St. John’s their home.

What if I’m worried about my English?
Don’t worry! We’ll work with you to edit it your story into a final form that makes you happy!

How can I share a story?
Stories can be submitted in written form, or participants can sit down with a collector and record a spoken version of their story.

To share a story, you can:
Deadline to share a story: September 29th, 2017.

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