During my road trip through Arizona last month, I discovered an art form developed by the Pueblo Tribes called the “storyteller”—hand-painted clay figures that visually represent the Native American storytelling tradition. This post began life about these charming figures, but during my research I was waylaid by a video by a great storyteller–Ken Burns. I decided to share it instead. Unlike his films, this video is short. Like his films, it’s also powerful.
One of the things Ken Burn believes is that “all story is manipulation”. I took a mental step back at this idea since most readers claim they don’t want to be manipulated (or at least, they don’t want the manipulation to be obvious). Do you agree that all story telling is manipulation? If it is, is that good or bad?
Look for my post on Native American visual celebrations of story telling (pottery & jewelry) next week.