Storytelling as an arts literacy: use of narrative structure in Aboriginal arts practice and performance

Barton, Robert and Barton, Georgina (2014) Storytelling as an arts literacy: use of narrative structure in Aboriginal arts practice and performance. In: Literacy in the arts: retheorising learning and teaching. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 251-268. ISBN 978-3-319-04845-1


This chapter explores the notion that storytelling is an important and integral aspect of arts and literate practice in Indigenous communities. As such, storytelling is an essential element in Indigenous people's process for meaning making, storing and conveying understanding to others whether directly as narrative or more abstractly as woks of art. Storytelling is considered from both a historical perspective to more recent examples of artistic expression by prominent Indigenous artists. Indigenous artist's own views of the role of storytelling in meaning making are investigated. The chapter concludes with recommendations to educators about how storytelling may herald new opportunities to redress the continuing educational divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 02:26
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Uncontrolled Keywords: arts-literacy relationship; storytelling; Aboriginal artists; narrative; arts practice; Aboriginal education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
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