Oral Patterns of Performance

Story and Song

by Barre Toelken

To many Native American cultures, songs and stories are dramatic enactments of reality, and words bring reality into existence. In this chapter from his award-winning book The Anguish of Snails, Toelken thoughtfully approaches a number of stories from Native American traditions, discussing how narratives can be touchstones of shared values among closely associated traditional people and how songs and stories go far beyond an evening's entertainment or "lessons" about life. A traditional narrative can be a culturally structured way of thinking and of experiencing the patterns that make culture real.

 

Barre Toelken was a longtime director of the Utah State University Folklore Program. He also held positions on the Folk Arts Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts, and in the American Folklore Society, Western Folklife Center, and American Folklife Center. He has edited Northwest Folklore, the Journal of American Folklore, and Western Folklore.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $7.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-967-8
  • Ebook Price: $4.99
  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-953-1
  • Publication Month: June
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Pages: 54
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Barre Toelken
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87421-953-1