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Narrative Inquiry

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Narrative Inquiry

 

According to Colorado State University’s guide on conducting observational research, “Narrative inquiry is the process of gathering information for the purpose of research through storytelling. The researcher then writes a narrative of the experience. Connelly and Clandinin note that, "Humans are storytelling organisms who, individually and collectively, lead storied lives. Thus, the study of narrative is the study of the ways humans experience the world." In other words, people's lives consist of stories. Field notes, interviews, journals, letters, autobiographies, and orally told stories are all methods of narrative inquiry.” http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/research/observe/com3a2.cfm

 

Ben Okri writes: Stories are the secret reservoir of values; change the stories individuals and nations live by and tell themselves, and you change the individuals and nations….” cited on http://www.creativityatwork.com/articlesContent/Quotes/quotes5art+spirit.htm

 

Salt Spring Island Artist Terri Bibby describes a recent project: "The SAORI way is to weave friendships as we weave fabric. SAORI bridges differences between people, and celebrates both our variety and our common humanity. This first Peace Banner, woven in SAORI style, has many stories to it. Over 100 people, women, men and children, from all over the world have added their own weaving with wishes, thoughts, dreams or prayers for peace to it. The Peace Banner started in Vancouver, at the World Peace Forum, where there were people from all across Canada from the USA, from India, Japan, Yugoslavia, Mexico, and many other countries.”

 

The Peace Banner then travelled to a SAORI conference in Worcester, MA, where SAORI weavers from Japan and across the USA and Canada added to the banner. The banner was then finished here on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada with weaving done by many more people.

 

 

 

Carving a Story into the Earth

 

 

Kaylynn TwoTrees created the "Trail of Hope" in the Ohio River Valley. She says, "When I went to the Ohio River Valley the first time to teach at Miami University I kept asking everyone about the First People of that place. There seemed to be a lot of sorrow in the land and I knew that I was a visitor to that landscape, and so I wanted to honor the guardians of that place, introduce myself and learn something more about the land. I also wanted permission to bring my prayers and ancestors to work with me on their land. Over time I met the members of the Shawnee United Remnant Band who are the descendants of native people who remained on the land during the removal of the nations, the Trail of Tears. It was this meeting and my understanding of the history of the underground railroad in the area that birthed the idea of a Trail of Hope. Those who lived on this land now could plant the stories of their ancestors as nourishment for the land, and heal the suffering that passed through the land with the removal many of the First Peoples had endured. http://www.artheals.org/news.html

 

 

 

A Story Pole from the Trail of Hope

I had heard of the Maori idea of pu rakau (story in solid form) and it struck me that it was possible to create a solid story of the hope with the help of the people of the Valley.

 

 

Guidelines for Applied Storytelling by Cristy West

 

“Mounting evidence suggests that stories and the storytelling process can promote recovery, inspire hope, trigger insight and personal growth -- in short, "heal." And a growing number of storytellers feel challenged to work outside of entertainment venues, in prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters, and with individuals in crisis and/or with special needs.”

http://www.healingstory.org/guide/guidelines.html

 

Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives Through the Power and Practice of Story

 

By Christina Baldwin: “Story is the narrative thread of our experience—not what literally happens, but what we make out of what happens. Story is what we tell each other and what we remember. This narrative determines much of what we do with the time given us between the opening of the blank page on the day we are born and the closing of the book on the day we die.

 

Story gives us

 The Courage to speak

 The Wisdom to write

 The Power to change”

http://www.storycatcher.net/

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