Local and Indigenous Storytelling

Live music kicks off the 15th annual Storytelling Celebration tomorrow at 6:30pm at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch. Ghost stories follow at 7pm. According to the library website, Friday’s lineup – appropriate for ages 13 and up – is diverse: “Lyn Ford, known for her ‘Affrilachian’ tales; singing storyteller Anthony Clark; bilingual Carrie Sue Ayvar; and Antonio Rocha, a native Brazilian whose career spans nearly three decades and six continents.”

On Saturday, another event – Storytelling Spectacular – features multicultural folklore with the same lineup at the Plaza Branch at 7pm. For details on these and other storytelling events in the area, visit the official event website, or contact Heather Perez at 816.604.3007.

For other resources on storytelling for ELLs, visit the U.S. Department of State’s American English website. The article “Integrating Indigenous Cultures into English Language Teaching” from the English Teaching Forum journal (Volume 47, Number 1) includes EFL lesson plans on Bantu storytelling, Maori tattoos, and Native American star quilts.

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