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> Linda, I believe that your heart's in the right place and you probably do
> want to expose students to the art forms of a variety of cultures, but I
> wonder if others share my concerns about the recipe for making storyteller
> Have issues of cultural appropriation and ownership been addressed? Is it
> trivializing the art of the "other" to focus on technique and wish that
> students have a "happy modeling experience?"
So is the main issue here the appropriation of the "storyteller"
image? This issue has been of interest to me as I teach my
pre-service teachers. In using the storyteller image are people
simplifying and/or changing an object with deeper meanings which
people not of that culture might not appreciate?
Are there times when appropriation of such an image might be okay?
I know there are similarities to this in other fields. For instance,
back in the mid-eighties, Paul Simon began to incorporate strands of
"township jive" music from Africa in his music. Some African
musicians played and sang on his Graceland CD. I remember there
being questions at that time about the relationship of this
Would it be possible to make a storyteller doll that did not look
like the storytellers we have seen in other cultures?
Assistant Professor, Art Education
University of Central Arkansas
Department of Art
Conway, AR 72035