Storytelling for healing, resiliency, strength and culture empowerment.

Storytelling & Body Language Pointers

  1. Plant your feet and get a comfortable, confident posture to begin.
  2. Take a breath and make eye contact with a friendly face before beginning.
  3. Eliminate “uhs” by pausing periodically when you are speaking.
  4. Image the story in your mind and describe what you see.
  5. Focus on perceptual details (colors, sounds, tastes, smells, movements).
  6. If you rock or move your hands in a repetitive way, make the movements fit with the story’s rhythm.
  7. Surprise the audience with a few dramatic or sudden movements.
  8. Be yourself and speak from your heart.

How to Learn Stories

Stories to Live By

Cupid and Psyche

Origin: European Greek Theme: Curiosity can get one in trouble, but devotion and love can mend a difficult situation.
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The Lizard and the Sun

Origin: Central American Theme: The smallest can be the most important and answers are some times right in front of your eyes if you look.
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La Llorona

Origin: Mexican  Theme: The pain of tragedy and betrayal and how acting in violence can perpetuate the pain.
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Why the Moon is Free

Origin: Mexican Theme: The feminine cannot be controlled or dominated. The Sun, el Sol, loved the Moon, la Luna. He thought she was so …

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Juan Bobo

Origin: Mexican Theme: Silliness isn’t always silly, innocence and a kind heart win out.
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Origin: Indian Hindu Theme: The hero can face all adversity and win, and save his love and reunite his family.
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John the True

Origin: Scottish Theme: The loyalty of a friend can overcome extreme difficulties.
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Keep on Steppin’

Origin: U.S. African American Theme: Sometimes you have to endure abuse, but you can break free and leave.
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Abuela’s Pride

Origin: Original WHEEL Council Story Theme: Grandmothers have important lessons that can change the adversity of impoverished neighborhoods.
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The People Could Fly

Origin: U.S. African American Theme: The mystical can help one transcend adversity.
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The Children

Origin: African Yoruba Tribe Theme: The importance of respecting elders and what can happen if one forgets to follow through on an agreement.
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The Dragon’s Robe

Origin: Chinese Theme: Overcoming abandonment, poverty, danger and adversity through the creation of beauty.
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The Sun, The Moon and the Boy by Jesus Garcia

There was once a boy, a boy who loved the sun. He thought that the sun was his mother. He never had a mother before.
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Buffalo Woman

Origin: North American Indigenous Plains Tribe Theme: The loyalty of a son can reunite a family.
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The White Spider’s Gift

Origin: South American Paraguay Theme: Magical help and commitment can win.
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Shaman’s Journey

Origin: North American Eskimo Theme: Facing danger, maintaining commitment can help one survive.
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Daniel by Faustino Torres, Jorge Duarte, and Cruz Ponce

“Clean your room Daniel”, Daniel’s mom screamed from the kitchen. Daniel was seventeen years old and dreamed of being in the air force.
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Brer Rabbit and the Mosquitoes?

Origin: U.S. Southern African American Theme: Trickery some times works and humor is always great.
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