This innovative course examines indigenous storytelling as a creative art form, a mode of spirituality, a medium of cultural communication, a narrative of conviction and persuasion and a tool for the preservation and transmission of knowledge. The course looks both at historical and modern dimensions of storytelling among indigenous peoples. The course utilizes digital web applications which enable multi-media story-telling, linear and non-linear structured narratives; spatially and locally positioned knowledge texts, and performance based media. Students (with minimal computer experience) will develop a range of story-telling skills in order to create new stories and to re-tell and revivify old ones, incorporating such elements as text, image, maps, oral history, tribal stories, and the new media, including audio and video.
- Instructor: Wade Chambers