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Storytelling Gallery


Click on these thumbnails for larger pictures of traditional storytellers, mainly carriers of the ancient oral tradition engaged in bardic storytelling. Genuine bards do still exist in many cultures, though each has their own term for this highly refined and deeply spiritual discipline, where none may call themselves as such without initiation and long traditional training, not to mention mastery of epics and many other stories.

The power of these bardic tellers is breathtaking, and quite beyond most people's experience of storytelling. It is a privilege to have seen and heard them, and I hope these pictures may inspire some awareness of the fact that there are still unbroken living traditions, thousands of years old, with nothing to learn from the modern storytelling revival, but much to teach.

The best, indeed only place I know of to regularly feature such tellers outside of their native lands is Beyond the Border, International Storytelling Festival.

I'll be adding more pictures and information as I can. See lots of information on storytelling traditions on the Traditional Storytelling page.


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Almas Almatov
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A Bard
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Deborah Johnson
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The Green Man
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Maira 1
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Maira 2
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Maira 3
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Narzarkul
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Pandvani 1
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Pandvani 2
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Pandvani 3
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Pandvani 5
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Pandvani 8
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Taffy Thomas 1
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Taffy Thomas 2
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