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Telling Stories to Change the World; Rickie Solonger; Madeline Fox; and Kayhan Irani; 2008

Telling Stories to Change the World; Rickie Solonger; Madeline Fox; and Kayhan Irani; 2008

Telling Stories to Change the World; Rickie Solonger; Madeline Fox; and Kayhan Irani; 2008; Routledge

"Global Voices on the Power of Narrative to Build Community and Make Social Justice Claims"

I think this is a very useful book

I have put some quotes from it on our blog here

Telling Stories to Change the World is a powerful collection of essays about community-based and interest-based projects where storytelling is used as a strategy for speaking out for justice. Contributors from locations across the globe—including Uganda, Darfur, China, Afghanistan, South Africa, New Orleans, and Chicago—describe grassroots projects in which communities use narrative as a way of exploring what a more just society might look like and what civic engagement means. These compelling accounts of resistance, hope, and vision showcase the power of the storytelling form to generate critique and collective action. Together, these projects demonstrate the contemporary power of stories to stimulate engagement, active citizenship, the pride of identity, and the humility of human connectedness." Source and more  info here

As it happens one short chapter - the book is a collection of 23 stories from differnt projects - is about the Zuni River - sacred to the Zuni People (South West USA) See here for more info Wikipedia

A pdf of that chapter is in our files section - here

Here are some quotes

“Sadness lays hard on the land. Commodification and diversion of a most sacrosanct element, Water, the Zuni River, is not only an assault on the ecosystem and the people, but on the ability of our distinct culture to continue to grow and flourish, and of the Earth to regenerate and sustain us. Our lands are being plundered and our resources exploited for profit with impunity. Precious watersheds that give birth to our lakes, springs, and streams and enable life in our community are under attack. Polluted by toxins, dammed and diverted, the vital waters that nurture us and have assured our survival since ancient time are being killed by unquenchable greed, forcing us into poverty, and pushing us to the edge of existence” (p. 19),

“The Zuni tribe is using much of its resources to re-establish the wetlands, reaffirming the fact that springs are held in the greatest reverence for their life giving properties and that many of the most important plants and animals in Zuni Culture are wetland obligated species. Through asserting Federal rights and pursuing land claim settlements as well as through tribal memory and stories the A:shiwi are fighting for our land, water, and cultural rights.” (19 – 20)

It is unfortunate that what was enjoyed by so many in childhood, the shimmering flow of the River, the vitality of gardens and countless cornfields and the cherished sight and sound of the storytellers, is no longer available to Zuni children. (p.20)