Georgia Magazine - October 2019 - 28

NATHAN BAERREIS

Weaving a tale
Storytelling festivals promote power
of spoken word
By Laura Raines

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Georgia Magazine

October 2019

JAY HURON

L

ong before technology made communication instant
and virtual, people gathered around fires to listen to
their elders tell stories, to experience the connection of
who they were and where they came from, says Kiran Singh
Sirah, president of the International Storytelling Center (ISC) in
Jonesborough, Tenn.
"Stories are the essence of what it means to be human. You
listen in new ways, and you learn to understand yourself and
others better," Sirah says. "There's nothing like a story told live."
He's proud that the ISC is preserving the world's oldest
tradition-perhaps the world's oldest art. The center presents
more than 300 hours of live storytelling to 26,000 visitors a year.
In October, its flagship National Storytelling Festival
draws a "global village" of 11,000 listeners. Giant tents spring up
among the historic buildings of Jonesborough. Star professional
tellers perform on stage, but anyone can tell a story at one of
the Story Spots or the Swapping Ground. There are workshops,
competitions, music, food, traditional and new stories from

Top: Adam Booth tells a story at the 2019 Georgia
Mountain Storytelling Festival in April while Marti
Slaughter interprets in sign language. Behind them are
some of the 50 to 75 quilts that tell the stories of those
who made or own them. Above: Connie Regan-Blake is
the only storyteller to have performed at every National
Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn.



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