North Carolina Storytelling
Storytelling is a special art. Unlike written literature, it is dynamic, changing with the weather and the audience, yet it has an amazing integrity about it. From Cherokee creation mythology, through spirits of the lost Roanoke colonists, pirates, Jack tales, murder and ghost stories, from every kind of human experience to tales of the fantastic, North Carolina offers many opportunities to experience the special sharing and joining that unites the tellers and the told. Though Jonesborough, Tennessee holds the title as the "epicenter of storytelling", for hosting the National Storytelling Festival each October, the percentage of North Carolina stories told at the festival shows clearly the richness and vitality of the Tar Heel State's oral traditions.
We can't give you the full experience created by a master teller's conjuring, but we can try to awaken you to the idea of listening and seeking out the tellers. Here then is a sampling of storytelling resources for North Carolina. If you know of others, please let us know and we will be happy to add them to our pages.
Master Storyteller & NC Folk Heritage Artist
passed away in April 2003
|Storytelling Resources||NC Storytellers|
Herodotus and the North Carolina Oral
Narrative Tradition Philip Stadter (University of North Carolina at
The Moonlit Road - Southern Ghost and
Jack Tales - the primer on the Jack Tales
Ferrum (College) Performers Keep Jack
of the North Carolina Native Americans
Ray Hicks Folk Heritage Award
David Joe Miller
- Fabulous NC Storyteller
Gary Carden - Mountain story-teller.
Site includes stories.
Elizabeth Rose - SE Tennessee story-teller,
includes RealAudio story's
Smoky Mountain Storytellers
David Holt - promo website - has
links for books and recordings etc.
|On-line Stories||Other Story Resources|
Ray Hicks Story in Real Audio - "Wicked
John", from Radio Yur
Joel Chandler Harris - Uncle Remus
Chuck Larkin - Bluegrass Storyteller
& Appalachian Humorist from Atlanta, GA.passed away in 2003, but his
website has lots of his written stories.
American Folklore - Famous American
folktales and legends.
NCNatural Selections Storytelling Books and books of Stories.
National Storytelling Festival-Jonesboro, TN Website
Jonesboroughs own Storytelling Store located on Main Street in the town where the storytelling revival started. This online store features books, tapes, CDs, videos and gifts. Secure server and shopping cart services. http://www.storytellingstore.com
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
East Tennesee State Masters Degree in
Tim Sheppards Storytelling Resources for
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