Conversations With Storytellers

Conversations with storytellers. Wisdom, folk and fairy tales from our elders. A meeting with professional storytellers.

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What is "Conversations with Storytellers"?

After we lost a number of storytellers who practiced professionally the art of traditional storytelling.... traditional storytelling is the telling of folk and fairy tales, myths and legends, and it's not all kid's stuff, that's for sure... I knew not only had metaphorical libraries burned down, but these people whose lives impacted so many were not really known about. What drew to storytelling in the first place? Why do they tell tradition tales? What is important about those tales? So, I set about finding the elders (and a few young people who are really switched on) in our community to interview them. Each story is different. Some people share culture or history of the places they grew up, or the hardships they endured. Some people go deep in the how and why. Have a listen. You might gain something from these conversations!

Some of these recordings were done in-person, others are over the phone or internet.

Episodes

Friday Sep 02, 2022

Raised in Clayton, New York, Regi Carpenter came from the school of scrappy, studied music, but became a storyteller! Although steeped in folk and fairy tales, myths and legends, she also tells deep personal narrative. Digging deep in the well of truth she brings her love of language to all the tales she tells, and shares with us her two very different processes on learning stories, whether it’s a folk tale, or personal story. Regi also shares a folk tale. I hope you enjoy this episode. Regi’s website: https://regicarpenter.com/

Friday Aug 05, 2022

I had been hearing about Doug for a while, and then heard his harmonica at a festival, then briefly met with him at said festival. I bought one of his CDs and loved what he did, and decided we should hear his voice here! Doug is a humble man with a deep knowledge of the woods, marshes, swamps, rainforests and a deep desire to show the human connection with the world about us through storytelling. There’s a fair bit about vultures, or peace eagles, and I get to show off how ignorant I am about nature! One of Doug's motos: "Life is like playing a harmonica - you find a good note and wail on it!" Doug's website: https://dougelliott.com/ Doug's books and CDs: https://dougelliott.com/shop/

Friday Jun 03, 2022

I first heard Michael D McCarty, laugh. It was in a far off room so I followed the sound and listened to him impart joy and happiness upon all around him. There was, and is, some sort of magical aura he gives off, and it is quite wonderful. Originally from Chicago, and now of Los Angeles, Michael first wanted to be a physicist, or an astronaut, and became a Black Panther, an acupuncturist, and storyteller. There are very few people even remotely like Michael, and we only touched on a small part of what he’s done. We talked comics, reading, giving away books, gangs, racism, and how importnat mothers are, and could have talked about a lot of other things too.   Michael's website is: http://havemouthwillrunit.com/

Saturday May 07, 2022

Eldrena Douma (pronounced Dow-MAH) is of the Tewa, Hopi and Laguna people of the South West. This, part two of another two part interview, covers Why Native American stories should not be told by those not within their community. Over the course of the two episodes we talk about story and what story means to the Pueblo people. Eldrena also talks about her (great?) grandmother who pretty much saved the art of Pueblo pottery, and how Eldrena now creates her own animal stories to share her culture and world. There's a lot of history in these conversations. I hope you enjoy them. Eldrena's website: https://www.eldrenadouma.com/

Friday May 06, 2022

Eldrena Douma (pronounced Dow-MAH) is of the Tewa, Hopi and Laguna people of the South West. This, part one of another two part interview, covers a lot of history of Eldrena's upbringing, and growing up between Winslow and First Mesa. Over the course of the two episodes we talk about story and what story means to the Pueblo people and why some First Americans do not like their stories told outside of their people and community. Eldrena also talks about her (great?) grandmother who pretty much saved the art of Pueblo pottery, and how Eldrena now creates her own animal stories to share her culture and world. There's a lot of history in these conversations. I hope you enjoy them. Eldrena's website: https://www.eldrenadouma.com/

Friday Apr 22, 2022

This is part two of the Conversation with Joel ben Izzy. If you haven’t listened to part one, please do so, as you won’t know what’s going on. The last episode ended on a cliff hanger! Joel hales from the West Coast, living in California. He’s been telling stories for a long time. Then he lost his his voice with thyroid cancer. This is part one of his journey, process and love of tales. Filled with stories, compassion and a lot of joking around, this episode also includes a dating tip for LA! Joel’s website: https://www.storypage.com/

Thursday Mar 31, 2022

Joel ben Izzy is a storyteller from California and has been telling stories for a long time. Then he lost his his voice with thyroid cancer. This is part one of a long conversation of his journey, process and love of tales. Filled with stories, compassion and a lot of joking around, this is part one of two episodes with Joel. Joel’s website: https://www.storypage.com/

Friday Feb 18, 2022

Sebastian Lockwood is not British, although he sounds VERY British. Sebastian is one who tells the Epics! From the Odyssey and Gilgamesh to Beowulf and beyond. Sebastian raised an owl, talks about getting into trance when storytelling and about being twice born. Our conversation took place in a small cabin in New Hampshire sitting next to a stove, crackling away and amongst all this we also talked about going to school in England.

Wednesday Feb 02, 2022

In this episode we conclude the conversation with Alton Chung, a Japanese-Korean storyteller who grew up with the stories, superstitions, and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands. If you missed part one, please go back and have a listen, it is fascinating. Tales about World War II fighters from the Asian-American people, and people of Hawaii, amongst other things like ghost stories. In this episode we get into folk and fairy tales, the healing power of story and story structure amongst other things! Sit back and enjoy part two of my conversation with Alton Chung.   https://www.altonchung.com/

Tuesday Jan 25, 2022

Alton Chung is a very funny guy, a scientist, an computer guy, theater tech but really a storyteller! We’ve only met once or twice and I have always enjoyed his company.  Alton is a Japanese-Korean storyteller who grew up with the stories, superstitions, and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands. Our conversation led us through the history of Japanese-Americans and Hawaiians in WWII, ghost stories and later in part two on finding stories, his process and healing. Please enjoy part one of this conversation.   https://www.altonchung.com/

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