Safeguarding Intangible Heritage by Teaching Storytelling: Visual Narratives of the Americas — A Storytelling Project
This project is designed to be used as a tool to safeguard Intangible Heritage, concept defined as imperative by UNESCO. Safeguarding Intangible Heritage by teaching content through storytelling is a critical element for the preservation and understanding of cultural identity. Storytelling exists in every culture and is one of the oldest methods of communication. It is used to educate, inspire, record historical events, entertain, and transmit cultural mores (Collins and Cooper, 1997). Stories can be read, written, or recorded, but they seem most powerful when told from the heart and adapted to individual situations. Storytelling is an approach to teaching and learning that develops from the lived experiences of teachers, clinicians, and students. These sixteen visual narratives of stories of the American Continent have been created so that they become a tool that safeguards Intangible Heritage by fostering the use of storytelling in the classroom at the same time that it helps students explore their own personal cultural identity in connection to academic content.
Keywords: Intangible Heritage, UNESCO, Story Quilts, Visual Narratives, Stories of the Americas, Storytelling, Exploring Cultural Identity
Dr Maria Elizabeth Gonzales Velasco
Assistant Professor, College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University