“I didn’t learn stories, I just absorbed them,” Davis says as he recounts tales and more tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781.
“Whether it’s Mother Goose, the tales of the Brothers Grimm, even the parables of Christ,” says a special report from CBS’ Serena Altschul, “you might say the human mind is hard-wired to respond to stories. In fact storytelling may be the oldest art form.” At this year’s PowellsWood Storytelling Festival, Altschul interviewed our own Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald and various tellers about the power of the art.
For thousands of years, the role of the storyteller has been to educate, entertain, and enchant listeners, young and old. Storytelling celebrates the wisdom and diversity of human experience, often using music, movement, and drama to engage listeners.