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West African Drama

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Title: West African Drama


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West African Drama
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Storytelling
  • Telling a story in the oral tradition
  • Older generations stored family histories in
    their memories and would recite them for younger
    generations
  • Would provide entertainment and education

3
Methods of Storytelling
  • In West African culture, there are several
    methods of storytelling
  • A storyteller invites the audience to gather
    around and hear the story
  • There is a set beginning and end
  • The audience is stationary (remain the same and
    dont move away from the story)
  • Informal gatherings of friends and family
  • Someone begins to tell a big ol lie and tells
    a story to entertain the audience
  • People come and go

4
  • Stylized verbal art
  • Found on street corners
  • Rap poems and slang
  • Contemporary slang

5
West African Storytelling History
  • Slaves from West Africa brought the art of
    storytelling with them
  • They were forbidden to read and write
  • They used the spoken word (storytelling) to pass
    on news, stories, and other information
  • Played a big role in helping slaves escape on the
    Underground Railroad

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West African Stories
  • Myths
  • Answer the question of how or why something
    came to be
  • Have supernatural beings and heroes
  • Revolve around nature
  • Example Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears
  • Trickster Tales
  • One character outsmarts the others
  • Popular version of West African trickster tales
    is Anansi the spider
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