Some of Eldrbarry's favorite stories and their background, profiles of favorite story authors and illustrators,
helps on finding, selecting and learning stories, as well as connections to other sources.
Then the story should be studied and connected to its roots, whether an author, a culture or a folk tradition. In selecting stories to learn and tell, look for tales that attract or speak to you in some way. Gradually the story takes on a personal meanings within. Then the story teller can begin to tell it as his or her own.
Then the "listening" process begins. If a story orginated in a time or culture, try to see it in its context. If it is the creation of a particular writer, get aquainted with that person and why the story was written. For example, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Suess) wrote Horton Hears the Who in response to his observations of the Japanese people during the occupation after WWII. "A person's a person, no matter how small" has a historical context and message. Folklore and fairy tales, even Mother Goose rhymes have roots and origins. Putting in the effort to "listen" will make a story much more meaningful.
See Eldrbarry's Hatter's classics for bibliographies on Storytelling and the various Genre of Story.
Stories are to share and tell. While we encourage the art of sharing stories, we want to encourage respect in our community. You deserve respect, respect others.
A storyteller's personal, family, and original stories are her/his copyrighted property. It is unethical and illegal to tell another person's original, personal, and/or family stories without the permission of the author/storyteller.
Folklore and folktales are owned by the public, but a specific version told by an individual teller or found in a collection is the author's or teller's copyrighted property. If you like a folktale a storyteller has told, ask that teller for a reference or where it can be found. Research the story by finding other versions, and then tell it your way.
Published literary tales and poetry are copyrighted material. They may be told at informal story swaps, but when you tell another's story in a paid professional setting, you need to research copyright law.
When telling anywhere, it is common courtesy to credit the source of your story.
If you hear anyone breaking these rules of etiquette, it is your responsibility to discuss the rules with them and to tell the storyteller whose tales they are telling.
Pass stories, share stories, and encourage respect within the storytelling community. Please feel free to copy this etiquette statement and pass it out or read it at storytelling events.
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