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The Tribal Storytellers

Posted: Mar 29, 2011 5:35 pm
by Clint541963
The above link is to an interview with Sir Ben Kingsley. He said something that struck me which I wanted to share.

I think that the role of the (writer), perhaps at its simplest and its purest, is one of the tribal storyteller, and that if you were to transport me back maybe 3,000 years, I'd be sitting around the fire at night with the little tribe, reassuring them about their past, hoping that they will sleep through the night, and comforting them about their future, and try and build those bridges of empathy - particularly aspects of life that are baffling and frightening.

... I think I'm getting closer to a madman at the bonfire, telling stories. I think it's just very important to embrace tragedy as a real part of our lives. David Mamet, in his book "Writings in Restaurants," defined - let me slightly paraphrase and say Western civilization. Western civilization is a civilization determined to outlaw tragedy. If removed, the interpretation of tragedy, and the presentation of tragedy, promise shaman, who's sitting by the bonfire - you're telling the tribe nothing of real life. And it doesn't prepare us as adults. It's infantilizes us, and it dodges an enormous responsibility.

And all great mythology that we love and respect has included loss and tragedy, as well as great moments of salvation. It is braided in.

Re: The Tribal Storytellers

Posted: May 06, 2011 7:28 am
by auggybendoggy
Excellent. What more can I say.

Re: The Tribal Storytellers

Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:33 pm
by Robb6669
As writers that is our basic function, telling stories. It does not matter if it is a novel, short story, play or film, we are storytellers. I do think of writers like homer who had this work in his head and went from place to place telling his story to those who would listen. We have it easy we can write down our stories, tinker with them to get them "perfect". But we must not forget that the story is the most important thing. We can tinker with characters, plot, structure but we must not lose the story in the process. That is the gold. As writers we should protective of the story.


Re: The Tribal Storytellers

Posted: Aug 21, 2015 1:22 am
by rosenbergrandy
Amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing.

Re: The Tribal Storytellers

Posted: Aug 24, 2015 4:04 am
by movieschool
Very intresting. Thanks