Leanne Simpson on storytelling

How important is storytelling to you? What is its power?
“Storytelling is like air. It’s that important—especially as a tool of decolonization and transformation. Stories have spirit and power and come to us as small gifts of wisdom, but they only have power if the ones that hear those stories, embody them and act. Stories are about responsibility and action in Indigenous cultures. They have kept us alive, grounded and inspired. They carry the resistance and the strength of our ancestors. They hold our truths. And when we tell them on our own terms to an engaged audience, they carry a tremendous responsibility to transform. I can’t wait to tell my grandchildren about the time we all united, held the wall and stopped a pipeline from being built.”

About susanbriscoe

English teacher, writer
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