Ray Hicks, Storyteller - National Storytelling Convention, October 1999 Photo Tom Raymond
The National Storytelling Festival
thousand years ago or in today's highly technological society,
tales have been told for basically the same reasons--to educate and
entertain, to explain the unexplainable, to honor the past and its
people, and to record the simple, seemingly unimportant moments of
human existence. The National Storytelling Festival, produced by
the Storytelling Foundation International, honors this tradition.
During the 1960s and early 1970s, there emerged throughout America
a realization that we were losing our connection to the genuine,
one-on-one communication of the told tale. In October 1973, in
Jonesborough, Tennessee, a 200-year-old town in the heart of the
Southern Appalachian Mountains, the art of storytelling was reborn
at the first National Storytelling Festival, today the oldest and
most respected gathering devoted exclusively to the art of
storytelling anywhere in America. This unique event has in turn
spawned a national revival of this venerable art.
Project documentation includes an eight-page history
of the Festival, eleven 8 x 10 photographs, a booklet entitled
"Rekindling the Sacred Fire," magazine articles covering the event,
and programs and promotional materials from the 1999 Festival.
Originally submitted by: William L. Jenkins, Representative, (1st District).
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.