We’re now two weeks into training, with the third workshop this Friday digging straight into script-writing. It’s hands-on all the way!
The idea was to provide the team with not just the basics of story-telling, but the different ways stories are told and can be told. This would help them identify their own stories and the means by which they may be communicated, first by discovery (finding the story), sharing it (road-testing it with others) and writing it up (working it into a script).
Boori had not only taken the time to learn where our team had come from, he had them up and on the floor performing a traditional story about the arrival of the bees that stung. Prior to colonization, Boori explained, his people would eat honey and never be stung. Since colonization, a new type of bee arrived. Not only had they to learn how to eat the honey and protect themselves, they had to protect each other. The simple act of feeding one’s hunger with honey had become hazardous.
A simple metaphor, without pointing any fingers, nor resorting to grief and calamity, Boori described the effect colonization had on the first people’s of this country. It was compelling! And in doing so, by listening to each team member tell something of their own country and attachment to land, such as Farkhonda’s bowl of sand from Bamiyan she runs through her fingers every morning, or Sahema’s mother burning the root of an ancient tree to clear the start of every day, Boori literally welcomed them to ‘country’, acknowledging their pain, their loss and daily grieving, but reminding them of the value of tradition in keeping community and family whole.
In wrapping this session a few more tips were discussed. They included:
- knowing how and where to start a story;
- communicating without words, without a spoken or written language;
- identify humor;
- end with options, to not only entertain, but to inform and motivate;
- be on the look-out for stories as they may appear where one least expects.