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The healing heart--communities : storytelling to build strong and healthy communities
Albert, David H.
Publication Information:
Gabriola, B.C. : New Society Publishers, [2003]

Physical Description:
xvi, 237 pages ; 23 cm

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GR72.3 .H42 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Healing Heart provides powerful examples of the use of stories and storytelling in encouraging resiliency, empathy, respect, and healing. These engaging books contain stories, and narratives about the use of the stories in activities with different populations (children, teens, those with disabilities, seniors, inmates, etc.) or which address specific social or community problems (addictions, poverty, violence, racism, environmental degradation, homelessness, abuse). The books are a collective effort containing the expertise of over 60 storytellers and health professionals who illustrate the power of story in moving others to commitment and action, in building self-esteem and mutual respect. Included are folk tales, personal stories, articles, exercises, games, songs, and quotations, together with resource lists of stories, books and community agencies focused on similar themes. Essays include information on why storytelling works, approaches for sharing stories in various settings, how to encourage others to tell stories (involving the audience and creating a safe environment for others to storytell), and how to process the story through song, art, games, improvisational story plays, community projects, and discussion. The Healing Heart ~ Families focuses on families, dealing specifically with healing through story, health promotion, disease prevention, early childhood intervention, children with medical problems, adopting families, schools, sexual identities, grief, and spiritual healing.

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School Library Journal Review

The National Storytelling Network's special-interest group, Healing Story Alliance, has become increasingly active and important because of the need to access resources for promoting wellness. This two-volume set of stories and accompanying explanations is an invaluable help for professional or nonprofessional tellers, social workers, clergy, mental-health experts, or community advocates. Those who lead groups, whether in organizations, schools, neighborhoods, churches, hospitals, group homes, or family homes, can incorporate the tales and notes in order to sow seeds of understanding, resolve conflicts, and promote peace within self, family, school, community, and the world. The books will serve tellers involved with people of all ages dealing with such widespread problems as grief, abandonment, violence inside and outside of the home, substance abuse, homelessness, teenage pregnancies, loneliness, nonacceptance by peers, hospital or treatment-facility stays, adoption, prejudice, sexual-identity issues, and so forth. These well-organized books share an extensive and excellent bibliography arranged by subject. The stories are original or retellings of traditional tales. Public libraries should have reference and circulating copies for all community social-service agencies; middle and high school media specialists should make teachers and guidance counselors aware of these books. The stories are not lectures, nor are they lessons. They work when they go from the heart of the teller to the heart of the listener, at the listener's own time and readiness. This set best fits the need for accessible and practical guidance materials, and tools for promoting healing.-Judy Sokoll, Florida Storytelling Association, Naples (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Margaret Read MacDonaldDavid H. AlbertErica Lann-ClarkCathryn WellnerJoseph Andrejchak GalataJoseph Andrejchak GalataLorna CzarnotaLorna CzarnotaMargaret Read MacDonaldKira Van DeusenBob KanegisDan KedingLaurel WellsLaurel WellsRobert ReiserRobert ReiserMary Louise ChownMary Louise ChownAllison M. CoxAllison M. CoxAllison M. CoxDiane F. WyzgaW. Kirk AveryMargaret JonesMargaret JonesTerry TafoyaMary DesseinBruce TaylorAllison M. CoxDavid H. AlbertDavid H. AlbertDavid H. AlbertJohn PorcinoSusan ChartersSteve OttoWendy WelchLeticia PizzinoLeticia PizzinoTeresa ClarkDoug LipmanDennis FreemanCathy SpagnoliCathy SpagnoliOlga LoyaJoseph Naytowhow and Cheryl L'Hirondelle WaynohtewPhilomene CorrigalGabriel LariviereMrs. Veronica TobacHarry BlackbirdSusan StraussDavid H. AlbertDavid H. AlbertJana DeanJana DeanWendy WelchWendy WelchDan YashinksyLiz WeirLiz WeirDan KedingBob KanegisBob Kanegis
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Stories 'R' Usp. 1
New Beginningsp. 3
The Goats Know the Wayp. 6
Seven lessonsp. 12
Youth on the Edgep. 21
Not angels--just championsp. 22
Leonna, The Ugly Girlp. 26
Sharing stories at Compass House: Offering direction for runaway and homeless teensp. 29
Bleeding Heartp. 31
The Girl Who Crunched Bonesp. 33
How Old Woman Kytna Brought Her Daughter Home: A Koryak Story from Kamchatka Peninsulap. 35
Tell down the wallsp. 38
Violence Prevention and Interventionp. 45
The Dragon's Tearp. 46
Connecting jewelsp. 48
The Net of Indrap. 50
Taking off Supermanp. 51
The Raccoonp. 53
The Golden Phoenixp. 56
Working with "The Golden Phoenix"p. 59
Domestic Violence Prevention and Interventionp. 63
In search of happily ever afterp. 64
The Stolen Skinp. 66
The Lady of the Lake Watersp. 71
The Princess and the Pigeonp. 73
The Little Boy Who Couldn't Sit Stillp. 77
Substance Abuse Prevention and Interventionp. 83
Communicating with heartp. 84
The White Wolfp. 86
Embracing the Shadow: Dancing with Dashkayabp. 89
Using stories in addiction treatmentp. 93
The Coatp. 97
Snake's Jivep. 101
Looking for a Homep. 105
Homelessness tales for holidaysp. 106
Another Chanukah Storyp. 107
Joseph's Annunciationp. 108
Paul: A Christmas Story for People of all Faithsp. 112
The Wolf's Eyelashesp. 113
Elder Talesp. 117
Our stories tell us who we arep. 118
To Everything There is a Seasonp. 123
Stories live at Neighborhood Housep. 124
Stone Soupp. 128
Baskets full of memories: Rediscovering personal archives of storyp. 131
Preserving Our Culture and Community: Sharing Our Storiesp. 137
Games to teach interviewingp. 138
The Wickenburg Way: A storytelling history play unites a communityp. 141
On the trail of Judge Rabbit: Sharing tales of Cambodian refugeesp. 146
Tiger and Judge Rabbitp. 150
Growing Up In East Los Angeles: An Immigrant Storyp. 152
Tales from the heart and spiritp. 155
Tapahteyimowin: Humilityp. 159
Beghqnuwetq HHeo Bets'edie: Love and Supportp. 160
Edenil[characters not reproducible]a: Self-Reliancep. 161
Nehiyawin: The Cree Wayp. 163
Protecting Our Environmentp. 167
Storytelling nature: Story speaking and listening in the information agep. 168
Gaura Devi Saves the Treesp. 172
Hugging trees: The story behind the story, and beyondp. 174
Storytelling to speak for the heart of a placep. 180
Magpiep. 182
Community Development in Our Neighborhoods and Across the Milesp. 189
The Learning Centerp. 190
Sun and Rainp. 195
Jack Fury and friendsp. 197
Storytelling on the path to healing in Northern Irelandp. 199
A Wee Liftp. 203
The Two Warriorsp. 204
Pass It On!p. 205
The Endangered Stories Act in actionp. 206
The Endangered Stories Actp. 207
Bibliographyp. 209
Author Biographies and Contact Informationp. 229