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Sink Teeth into Stories with ‘Flesh’ (Kearney, NE) , January 20, 2010


“Storytelling for me is putting flesh on the bones of truth,” said Sherry Crow, the assistant professor in teacher education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

She has a story she likes to tell about the oral tradition of storytelling: There were two brothers, Truth and Story. Truth is important but very sharp and blunt. And when he yells out, he tends to do it without any clothing because he wants everyone to see him as he is.

His brother, Story, has the same thing to say but he likes to put on fancy clothes when he starts talking. He likes to make sure his audience is comfortable because, he says, nobody wants to listen to the naked Truth.

Crow will dress up in her finest story clothes when she performs as part of the Kearney Storytelling Festival at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Nebraska Art.

“I grew up with storytelling,” Crow said. “My parents always told me stories, and I remember the ones my grandmother told me, too. She wrote and recited poetry. In the old days, everybody had a story. Telling stories was an intricate part of our family.”

Crow has taken that love of telling stories — and a love of books in general — as a springboard for a career. She is teaching an online class on storytelling at the university.

Subjects Covered: education, storyelling festivals

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