I absolutely loved this book! If you enjoy storytelling and you enjoy Native American ways of living, then this is a book for you. It is based on the teachings of Kenneth Little Hawk, a renowned storyteller, and it uses stories to explain to you how to tell stories. These stories can be read on many levels – to entertain, to teach culture and living in a good way, to show respect for our Earth or to learn the ancient art of storytelling.
You are challenged to read these stories seven times and to look deeper each reading and find the lessons in the stories. Each story, we are told, has one basic lesson, one intermediate lesson and one advanced lesson – covering the ways of storytelling. Little Hawk uses the stories to emphasise different aspects of storytelling – “What the Fire Taught Us” shows the use of special effects; “Our Many Children” introduces voice modulation and “Little Thunder’s wedding” offers the ways of formal story telling. The stories are simple and all about everyday people and their lives as they live them. They encourage us to find the same kind of stories for our audiences- ones about our lives and what matters to us in our cultures to-day; and can encourage us to live in better more harmonious ways with our environment and each other.
It is a book to read and then use, to practice the relevant and important skills offered, to recapture the essence of the vocal storytelling tradition to enrich our lives to-day.
Review by Ros Ogden
Published by Findhorn Press
ISBN: 978 -1-84409-536-0