Story is the oldest form of communication there is. From the earliest gatherings and petroglyphs etched on boulders, story explained a culture for those who later passed that way. It is how the earliest humans declared, “Hey, we were here and this is who we were!" Our brains are literally hardwired to understand facts, statistics, concepts and more through oral tradition. Story is the great connector between people and promotes an immediate bonding among listeners and the teller. There is both practical and transcendent power within the storytelling realm, which is explored in conversation. Didactic lesson is given through animal fables in an enjoyable and plausible method. Elements of the history of oral tradition invites a participatory aspect to the presentation. The program’s concentration is on animal and trickster stories from the U. S. Southwest, Mexico, Cherokee and Africa. Multiple tales will be shared, as well as Cherokee traditions and more.
Susi Wolf has been a multi-faceted entertainer for many years. She currently combines her love of storytelling with acting to write and perform one-woman shows. And sometimes she steps off the stage to facilitate workshops. She believes acting and storytelling are just another form of teaching, because there is communication and lessons in all performing arts. Susi believes this work is sacred and says she'll never retire. Not as long as there are stories to tell.
This performance was made possible by New Mexico Humanities Council, which is supported by grants from National Endowment for the Humanities.