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Gemma B. Benton


Voices of Our Ancestors: Remembering “A Power With” Through Story & Song

with Gemma B. Benton

November 15th, 2017 at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
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Much like a thumbprint, our voice is a unique expression of identity and belonging. Our voice, both the literal sound as well the artistic expression contained in story serve as a living connection with our ancestors and to the generations to come. Join us as Gemma shares with us her experiences working with story and song in traditional healing programs for Native American and indigenous communities.

Special  Giveaway:  Gemma will be giving away one of her giclee, fine art prints. Perfect as a gift for you or for gift giving. To qualify, sign up here to receive email reminders and then be on the live call.

Gemma B. Benton  is a traditional Native American singer, spiritual activist, mixed media artist , storyteller and the new coordinator for our own Healing Story Alliance.  Through her transformational art workshops, Gemma shares stories and wisdom gathered during her twenty-seven years of working in Native American and indigenous communities. Gemma is the creator of the “Ancestors Journey” online creative course that uses storytelling, sacred song, art and ritual to empower people to heal the wounds passed down through the generations by our ancestors.
gemmabbenton.com

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Sherry Norfolk and Lyn Ford

Boo-Tickle Tales: Stories that Teach Kids Resilience

Sherry Norfolk and Lyn Ford
October  18, 2017 at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
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Not-so-scary stories for young children can serve a deeper purpose of immunizing children from fear, encouraging creative problem solving, offering coping mechanisms and building resilience, while being fun to tell and fun to hear. Join the authors of Boo-Tickle Tales (Parkhurst Brothers, 2016) to learn more about the multiple positive impacts of “scary” stories – and hear a story or two.

Special Book Giveaway: Parkhurst Brothers has generously provided 2 copies of Lyn & Sherry’s Boo Tickle Book for a giveaway on our show. Just sign up here and be on the call on October 18th.

 

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Onawumi Jean Moss

Storytelling In Times Like These
The focus of this teleconference is on storytelling as a pivotal instrument to spark interest in social change. Storytelling is an integral part of our consciousness. In the best of times it is sent forth to nurture our dreams, aspirations and our ability to think highly of ourselves and others. In those moments, unfettered by bigotry, prejudice or discrimination, we celebrate! On the flip-side, story’s archives are overflowing with nightmarish tales of resistance to social change of which inclusivity and diversity are inseparable. So given our right to freedom of speech what, in real time, is a storyteller to do? So many answers…so little time.

Onawumi will share stories from her Sankofa Collection–UNCHAINED VOICES…along with anecdotes from experiences in the field.

Each piece, selected to cast light on and encourage advocacy is told to honor those on whose shoulders we stand, those who stand before us, and those who are yet to come.

JOIN this interactive experience-be ready to lift your voice and SAY WHU-U-UT!!!

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Onawumi Jean Moss is an award-winning storyteller, playwright, and actress. During her prolific career at Amherst College (1985-2007) she conceived and produced the Keepers of the Word Storytelling Festival (1993-2006), an avant-garde multicultural event.
Learn more @ onawawumi.com   

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Lee Ellen Marvin

Lee Ellen shares from her experiences as educator and arts administrator for the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service in Ithaca, NY., and specifically how she utilizes storytelling to educate the community and reach the populations in crisis, and support those left behind.

Recorded November 10, 2015

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Michael McCarty

mccartyMichael spoke of his work with the California’s Arts in Corrections program: Inmates learn the power of the art of storytelling. “But I don’t know how to tell a story” is a phrase I hear often at the beginning of my workshop – followed by the telling of a touching or humorous tale. Using a variety of story games, prompts and and Talking Story, they learn how to find, develop and tell their stories. AND have fun in the process.

Recorded January 12, 2016

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Video of an inmate telling stories

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Regi Carpenter

carpenterLiving Out Loud. The exploration and expression of the self can be fraught with fear and anxiety. We are so often concerned with how our stories will be met by the world that we silent our voices. This teleconference discusses the things we fear: ridicule, judgment, failing, being vulnerable, feeling incompetent, being misunderstood and being shamed, how to release the destructive voices of our inner critics and connect with our full creative power and possibility. Then we share it – OUT LOUD. This teleconference featured some discussion and also interactive exercises and conversation.

Recorded April 20, 2016

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Healing Story Pre-Conference Preview 2016

Michael McCarty, Susan O’Halloran, Lilli Pang, Emily Lansana, Lani Peterson

concerttellersThis teleconference gives you a sneak preview into some of the Healing Story gems that will unfold at the NSN Conference in Kansas City the third week in July. The focus of both HSA’s Wednesday night Concert and Thursday morning Pre-Conference is Social justice.

Whether you plan to be in Kansas City or not this coming July, this is a chance to hear behind the scenes reflections from our HSA concert featured performers, Michael McCarty, Susan O’Halloran, Lilli Pang, Emily Lansana and Pre-Con facilitator, Lani Peterson. All are involved in storytelling for social justice, working towards the empowerment of disenfranchised voices. Come join our virtual panel as we all learn from each other’s story work in social justice arenas. What are the stories we tell? What are the stories we listen for? How can we address social inequities and create social change through storytelling? How are we changed by the work that we do?

Recorded June 14, 2016

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Joan Stockbridge

 

Tips, Tools, and Stories: Highlights from 15 years of Healing Story Work. In this teleconference, we’ll do a virtual mini-healing story session. I facilitate these sessions regularly in residential drug treatment programs, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and beyond. My primary focus in the groups is to foster resilience, self worth, courage, forgiveness, strength, perseverance and other positive qualities. This approach to healing story is applicable in many environments. I’ll describe some of my challenges and rewards. I’ll also have handouts available with outlines of tried and true healing story sessions.  My hope is that the teleconference will be inspirational and will empower you to look for opportunities to bring healing story to your own situations and environments.stockbridge

Recorded September 22, 2016

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Tom DeWolf and Sharon Morgan

morgan-dewolfGather at the Table: Story Sharing between Descendants of Slavery and Descendants of the Slave Trade. Centuries of injustice and trauma that face us every day in this country have no place for half-truths.  Sharon and Tom took the harder road – searching for healing, they walked together into painful histories and forged an honest friendship along the way, contributing to healing a nation in the throes of racial upheaval. Join us to hear the stories of their journey, the work of Coming to the Table in fostering this story exchange across the country, and the power of story writing and telling in this healing process.  The following links will be referred to during the program:

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Arthuretta H Martin

martinSankofa: Fetching our Souls through Story. Sankofa 2016 – December is a time that we traditionally wind down and reflect on the past year and prepare for the new one to come.  Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates as “Go back and get it.”  In the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either by a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back.  The presentation will be on the need to go back and fetch our souls using story as one of the most precious tools we’ve been given. Aspects of Arthuretta’s PanaFest journey to Ghana will be woven into the presentation. Panafest is a cultural event held in Ghana every two years for Africans and people of African descent.

Recorded December 14, 2016