Stories from the Hearth

TWB - Who Are The Storytellers? (Hula)

Episode Summary

When Polynesians first settled the isolated Hawaiian Islands, they transformed traditional dancing into Hula, which almost all of us recognise in some form, even to this day. Except, Hula isn't just a dance, it is a complex, beautiful, and culturally important form of storytelling.

Episode Notes

When Polynesians first settled the isolated Hawaiian Islands, they transformed traditional dancing into Hula, which almost all of us recognise in some form, even to this day. Except, Hula isn't just a dance, it is a complex, beautiful, and culturally important form of storytelling.

Welcome to The Wandering Bard, a bonus historical series on Stories from the Hearth examining the history of storytelling. This month’s episode is the first in a new season asking "Who are the storytellers?" Today we examine Hawaiian hula dancers.

The next story episode from Stories from the Hearth is out on 25th July. Next month's Wandering Bard bonus episode will take a look at the Griot storytellers of West Africa.

The aim of Stories from the Hearth is to rekindle its listeners' love for the ancient art of storytelling (and story-listening), and to bring some small escapism to the frantic energies of the modern world.

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