A day of experiential learning to listen, acknowledge, and craft your story along the path of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.
To launch this program, we decided to go near the heartland of authentic and heartfelt storytelling: the Navajo Nation (specifically at the Elena Gallegos Park in Albuquerque, NM).
Winter is when Navajo elders teach the young about the origin of the Navjao Diné (the People). It is also a time to learn traditional Navajo values, norms about behaviour, and ethics and morals. Navajo elders explain how nature’s foods, plants, herbs, mountains, animals, and all creation must be respected because it was put upon Mother Earth to help the Navajo people survive. Today, these cultural teachings are carried on through sacred Navajo songs, prayers, and ceremonies.
Since the beginning of time, oral stories have been a part of Navajo culture. Storytelling is especially prevalent during the cold months when all the insects, reptiles and animals are in hibernation. Moreover, only certain stories, cultural activities, and ceremonies are held specifically during the winter season.
Storytelling is also a tool in dealing with transitions. Storytelling brings clarity in the mind of the storyteller as well as in the minds and hearts of the listeners. Storytelling is a way to bond, share visions, feelings and culture. It allows us, humans, to deeply connect with each other.
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