Storytelling is a primary way that folklore is is passed from person to person. Whether it’s a family legend that a grandmother tells her grandkids or a myth shared at an event, such as a powwow, to share a culture stories are important to the folklife of all people.
Stories teach lessons, share information, and sets standards for people. Family share their traditions through stories and there are often stories that coworkers tell the “newbies” as a type of initiation to the workplace group. Storytelling allows people to connect.
The National Storytelling Network works promote the importance that storytelling has in education and in everyday life. There are festivals that focus on telling story and sharing folklore. Their vision is to see
“A world in which all people value the power of storytelling and its ability to connect, inspire, and instill respect within our hearts and communities.”
Storytelling is an important part of life, whether we realize it or not, because it is how we learn about the world that we live in.