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Storyteller Nurses 'Their Spirits'

Baton Rouge Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) , November 7, 2004


Dozens of young children sat captivated as Rosa Ashby Metoyer shook a tambourine while gesturing and singing her way through the story of the struggle to pull a giant yam from the ground.

Metoyer was performing in the Storytelling Tent at the third annual Louisiana Book Festival Saturday -- one of scores of authors, performers and artisans on hand for the all-day event.

Metoyer, a registered nurse from Alexandria, said she started storytelling about 10 years ago while performing with a theater group in Alexandria.

She tells some original stories, but mostly localizes traditional African and African-American tales with simple, straightforward morals.

"What I try to do with my stories is help with self-esteem for kids and adults, too," she said.

Subjects Covered: diversity training, education, healing

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