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ERIC Number: ED399937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
History, Dreams and Reality: Storytelling Programs in Malaysia.
Saad, Mohd Sharif Mohd
Storytelling, a powerful means of providing children and adults with life-enhancing mental images, has been a tradition practiced by most cultures throughout the world. Passed on from one generation to another, the stories freed the imagination and stretched the capacity for such feelings of joy, sorrow, sympathy, and hope. The stories usually have a universal message, especially in their aim to cultivate positive norms in societies. The characters or settings might be different but the plots, themes, and genres are identical. The paper describes the history of storytelling in Malaysia, with emphasis on Malay storytelling, and describes current storytelling activities for children in libraries. Methods of storytelling, storytelling contests, professional storytelling groups, and examples of three libraries' storytelling programs are also discussed. Storytelling activities are facing challenges from the technological developments of television, computers, and video arcades. Despite lack of staff, budget and other constraints, libraries are working diligently to carry on storytelling activities. Puppets, drama, television, and video-discs are among the methods used everywhere by storytellers today to reach their audiences. The motive of storytelling will always be the same, to entertain and educate the audience. Appendices contain a list of storytellers by state and method of presentation, tables of libraries and library activities, libraries and storytelling information, and methods used in storytelling at each library. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia