My posts are a video with a description, and also two quotes. The connecting theme I am presenting with each of each of these works is how storytelling is both a political and personal act of resistance and liberation for marginalized voices and their communities.
This clip above has people speaking of Pura Teresa Belpre, the first Puerto Rican and Latina to work in the New York Pubic Library System. Bepre dedicated her life to preserving Puerto Rican culture and creating a space for it in libraries. She knew oral storytelling’s importance to her culture, and the community that formed from it as a cultural tradition. She used oral storytelling performances of Puerto Rican folklore both inside the library and in doing outreach to create a more inclusive space for the Puerto Rican community in the library. She also dedicated herself to being a storyteller so that children and the community as a whole would be proud of their culture in the U.S.
I found this information on her life from this article for those interested ing read more about her work and life: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/search/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=EJ454652&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=EJ454652
All historians have points of view. All of us use some process of selection through which we choose which stories we consider important and interesting. We construct history from some perspective, within some particular world view. Storytelling is not neutral. Curandera historians make this explicit, openly naming our partisanship, our intent to influence how people think.
I need my ancestors of courage: storytellers who understand that their work is not wholly theirs, but that at its best, is divinely inspired by history and mythic memory.
– Cherríe Moraga