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Storytelling as Memory

Storytelling is the oldest form of shared-cultural memory. Before cave paintings, and more resilient than sand drawings, stories allowed communities to remember their past and speak into their future.

The relationship between story and history is more complex. History, as the term is commonly used today, speaks to the nature of happenings as events, things that can be orientated to both a time and a place. Whereas stories transcend such limitations. You can tell a story full of metaphor, symbolism and myth, which bears very little resemblance to the event of which it speaks.

Another way to look at this is to say that stories generate physiological links between events and our present lived experience. They transport our imaginations and spark our emotions as though we had experienced the events ourselves.

At different points in our lives, stories may replace memories. And even if we can no longer recall the event, we can still, at least hopefully, touch the edges of those moments.

Creating and Preserving Memories

Through the Storytellers Project, there is an opportunity to preserve the shared stories in which you participate. This may be your organisation, family, school, community group or other collective gatherings.

If you would like to know more, please email the team storytellers@remidawa.com

Storytelling as Memory
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