Fifty years ago, children in the villages gathered around the elders in the evening and listened to the stories of their Ancestors. They became the bearers of those stories, the next generation of storytellers. Then times changed. People left the villages for the big city to find work. Families were dispersed. The role of the storyteller began to slip into obscurity.
Those in developed countries who've never been to Africa may have a romantic image of life in a village. A simple life, where younger generations respect their elders, and the elders are prized for their wisdom. Where ancient traditions are observed. Where care for the Land stems from knowledge passed down from generation to generation.
The reality is much different. The elders struggle to maintain tribal traditions in the face of poverty that causes families to break apart. Many elders have no family to care for them in their old age, and are lonely and depressed. Children are entranced by television and uninterested in the stories of their Ancestors. THE STORIES ARE DYING.
HELP US SAVE THESE STORIES! YOUR DONATION WILL HELP PRESERVE ANCESTRAL WISDOM FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, AND MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO A WIDE AUDIENCE!
Learn more about this project by following the link to our Voices of the Ancestors website and blog HERE!
THIS PROJECT IS SPONSORED BY HEALTHY VILLAGES, INC. WITH FUNDING FROM THE NEW ENGLAND BIOLABS FOUNDATION AND CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS YOUR DONATION TO THIS PROJECT IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE IN THE U.S. AND COUNTRIES RECOGNIZING U.S. 501c3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.
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