Safeguarding Intangible Heritage by Teaching Storytelling: Visual Narratives of the Americas — A Storytelling Project

By:
Dr Maria Elizabeth Gonzales Velasco
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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
Stream: Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English/Spanish
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Dr Maria Elizabeth Gonzales Velasco

Assistant Professor, College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University
USA

Maria Elizabeth Gonzales is a US citizen, born in La Paz, Bolivia. She did her undergraduate studies in Art Education at Florida International University. She worked in Bolivia as an art teacher for three years before returning to Florida for her graduate Work. She obtained a Masters in Education from University of Central Florida in 1996 with a thesis focusing on Intercultural Education. She did her field work for the doctoral work in Bolivia in the area of Curriculum Development and Education Reform with the focus on sustainable development. She obtained her Ph.D. in April of 2002. At present she is a professor in the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her research interests include curriculum development as it is defined through intercultural education, storytelling, and other forms of cultural expressions.

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