Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Slow and Steady: Stor e Telling September October 2011

Tortoise and Hare
Children's Illustrations, 1880
I have penned the Stor E Telling column since January of 2002 and the articles from 2002-2006 are the publications page of my website found here http://tinyurl.com/llnn47y . I will be adding the columns from 2007 to 2012 to that page as well. However, I am in the process of checking what link URL's have changed or are now defunct. It is a time consuming process so I am taking the “slow and steady” approach via Aesop and will post the individual columns on my blog for now.

I will not be adding current columns until the following year, so if you want immediate access to the newest websites, consider becoming a member of the National Storytelling Network. Please feel free to comment on the blog and let me know if you find this useful.

September October 2011

Since this issues theme centers on epic storytelling I offer you some epic tales from around the globe.

The Book of the Epic – The Words Great Epics Told in Story by H. A. Guerber, 1913. This free, downloadable book contains epics from around the world.

The Epic of Gilgamesh – “The Epic of Gilgamesh is, perhaps, the oldest written story on Earth. It comes to us from Ancient Sumeria, and was originally written on 12 clay tablets in cuneiform script. It is about the adventures of the historical King of Uruk somewhere between 2750 and 2500 BCE.” 

The Mahabharata and the Ramayana are the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Both are now found online and the links are found below. This link is an abridged verse translation of the two longest epic poems in world literature.

The Mahabharata translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli, 1883-1896.

The Ramayana – translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith, M.A., 1870-1874.

September 21 is International Day of Peace. Below are two sites with curriculum resources to complement your stories.

For the Sake of the Children – Free peace building guide with storytelling activities for teachers, parents and adults who work with children

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse - Curriculum information for grades 1-6 along with a bibliography and profiles of peacemakers throughout history.

September 23 is Native American Day; some story sites to celebrate the culture.

Indian Why Stories – Sparks from War Eagle’s Lodge-Fire – Twenty-two stories collected by Frank B. Linderman, 1915.

Native Languages of the Americas: Wampanoag Indian Legends - Moshup the Giant, Squant the Sea Monster and more. There are also additional links and resources to help you learn more about this Indian nation.

Native American Trickster Tales - While the title suggests the site is devoted to the Native American trickster, there are in fact, stories, links, articles and scholarly discussions from around the world.

October 9 is Leif Erickson Day. Here are some stories from the north to honor this Viking explorer.

Popular Tales of the Norse – Fifty nine tales including information on the mythology

Yule-tide stories: A collection of Scandinavian and North German popular tales and traditions, from the Swedish, Danish and German, 1910. This book can be downloaded to your computer or Kindle. 

It wouldn’t be October without some tales to terrify!

Crabtree Books – While this book doesn’t fall into the category of terrifying it is full of fun for Halloween, offering stories, rhymes, costume ideas, recipes and more. It is a free pdf file and downloads quickly.

Russian Folk-tales by William R. S. Ralston - Just in time for All Hallow’s Eve. Download this book from 1880, full of myths, legends, and folktales of demons, witches, vampires and ghouls if you dare!

Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins – This is a link to one of my blog posts from 2010 offering a variety of story sites, curriculum and crafts to make your Halloween programs simply frightfully good.

And if you missed any of the previous “Slow and Steady…” blog posts here are the links to the series so far.






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Odds Bodkin said...

This all is very wonderful, Karen. Your collection of resources.


Karen Chace said...

Thank you for taking the time to comment Odds; I appreciate your kind words.