In a society so driven by media influence--the newest electronic gadgets, video games, a nauseating deluge of 3D movies--it seems experiencing the live spoken word is more of a novelty than the norm. People flock to the movie theaters to have stories told to them in a vibrant, digital bombardment of the senses. What do we lose from this method of storytelling? For, after all, that is what movies are--modern storytelling.
After listening to the storytellers at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, it occurred to me that sitting in front of a live storyteller who has carefully honed their craft is the essence of what makes us human. The storyteller shares legends, culture, and often personal experiences that knit us together. Eye contact is made. The teller shares what he or she has to offer. The listeners give their gift of interaction and understanding. We are reminded that all people of the earth, no matter their land or time, desire the same things. We all have the same emotions, desire love and acceptance, and love to laugh. Magic occurs when attentiveness to another human being and the exercise of good listening skills are required to learn the story.
The opportunities provided by the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival through performances, workshops, conferences, and retreats encourages the perpetuation of storytelling in our modern world. It encourages the healing and understanding within families and communities that arises from a well-told story.
Check out the festival website for more information about upcoming events. http://www.timpfest.org/