Showing posts with label world storytelling day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world storytelling day. Show all posts

Friday, March 20, 2015

Rescuing a stranded sailor, or breaking a neighbour's window: World Storytelling Day #WorldStory15

World Storytelling Day. Logo by Mats Rehnman.

At ICH, we're in the business of stories.

When it comes right down to it, stories are what many of us value the most. When we walk into a centuries-old home, we think "If these walls could talk, what stories would they tell?" Our most cherished moments are remembered as stories.

The best thing about stories is that they multiply in value when shared. It's fun to tell a story, and fun to hear one. Storytelling has been around since humans came up with language.

Today is World Storytelling Day, an global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, recognized every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere. You can read more about it here.

In honour of this day, I want to share my very first oral history interview ever, and the first interview in the Hoist your Sails and Run project (available on the DAI here). I spoke with Winston Fiander, from Portugal Cove-St. Philips, over Skype, and amid descriptions of games he used to play, he told me a couple of particularly notable stories.

To hear how his father rescued a stranded fisherman, go to 15:28.

To hear how he got up to mischief with a homemade slingshot and got away with it, go to 28:10.

And don't forget to check out Looking Back; Games We Played - the published result of the Hoist your Sails and Run project - set to launch Tuesday, March 24th.