The Water Spirit

I told the story of  ‘The Water Spirit’ to a friend over tea the other day. When she asked me to write it down so that she may share it with her daughters, I was not only delighted to pass it on, but thought it a good opportunity to spread the mysterious...

Mother and Child

Mother and child at the recent storytelling festival on the San communal farm, Platfontein, in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. !Nisa dressed in her traditional outfit for the occasion. The old hunter-gatherer way of life no longer exists for this...

Storyteller Emelia Kuvangu Muhinda

Dear Friends and Story Lovers, !Xun storyteller, Emelia Kuvangu Muhinda talks about beading and storytelling in the same breath: “My mother wove beads into skin dresses for us when we were little. That was how I learnt to create things and tell stories.” I...

Platfontein Story Festival

   Dear Friends and Story Lovers, This handful of photographs from last week’s storytelling festival on the San Farm, Platfontein in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, is a story in itself. I hope you enjoy them! The festival was hosted by veteran !Xun...

Katitu in Spain

Dear Friends and Story Lovers, Kapilolo Mahongo and I recently returned from Spain where we performed at the 22nd annual Guadalajara storytelling festival. Every year, the mayor of this town opens the event with a story, followed by a non-stop, 36-hour-long marathon...

The Art of Stories and Rocks

Dear Friends and Story Lovers Kapilolo Mahongo carries an ancient oral storytelling tradition in his memory. Last week he visited the exquisite rock art etchings in the Klein Karoo with Spanish folklorist, Jose Manuel de Prada Samper, who took these photographs. This...