A story is a journey of waking and growing. A past, a present and a future.
“The mythological hero is the champion not of things become but of things becoming.” Joseph Campbell
There can be no doubt that storytelling is, at many levels, an important tool for learning. Within the story a protagonist, easily identifiable with, takes a voyage, a journey in which he or she discovers much about the world around them, the nature of life itself and the human condition. We, the listeners, do so too. Thus the story archetype can easily be seen as a map for our own journey through life. One which encourages us to overcome social and psychological repression. A process which encourages us to grow and develop as we embrace the unknown. The oral folk or “wonder” tales provide us with a platform to discover the concept of life as a learning process and this understanding empowers us to prosper. No matter what is thrown at us.
Left and right: Shangilia Orphanage. Nairobi Top: Le Rustique. Nanyuki. Kenya