Sunday, April 28, 2013

Folktale and Storytelling from Kenya

I very much liked the lecture given by Dr. Ochieng' I found it very interesting and the information being covered very different from anything I had previously learned. Obviously with growing up in the United States I am accustomed and used to the kinds of fairytales that are told within the United States and the way that they are told. Dr. Ochieng' performed the folktales from Kenya in the way that are told in Kenya, and I found that very interesting and different from her. The folktale and storytelling I'm used to are when people are reading the stories to or the stories are just made up on the spot, around a concept or lesson you are trying to portray to the person you are reading or reciting to. But these stories from Kenya are passed down and recited and performed by mouth along with being performed with things like song. They are more performed than recited, peoples emotions play a role within the tales, and the details between the tales differ from every time they are told because it the tales are always told by different people, and different people will take away different aspects of the tale. The tales told in Kenya are similar to the tales told here in the way that they are trying to portray a message, or the point to any of the stories would be to teach some sort of lesson, or explain some sort of phenomena, just the way in which they tell these tales is what makes them so different. I liked learning about how the tales are told differently in Kenya, I would like to continue to learn more concepts about what is different within folktale, fairytale, and story telling across different countries as well.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Native-American Folktales

Native-American Folktales are distinctly different from those of European origins in a few ways, they focus on more of how things came to be and tradition where as European folk tales often focus on teaching lessons. For instance in the Native-American folktales we read about how men and women came to be, and how they learned to reproduce, we also read about how certain stars came to be in the sky, and that they came to be those stars as a punishment for not obeying by traditions and being selfish, and there was also the story of how mosquitos came to be. Now granted all these stories do also teach lessons but they are set up in a different way, they involve magic which do also Folk tales of European origin, but they show magic in a different way.
 Often in a folktale involving European origin magic is brought in as normal aspect or in way where something will just appear and you are supposed to accept the fact that it is a fairy tale and magic is possible. In Native-American folk tales magic is more of an aspect of reality, the magic is very apparent, for instance in the story of Deer Hunter and White Corn Maiden they are shot into the sky by someone of the spirit world. The spirit world itself involves magic and the fact that they are shot into the sky also involves direct use of magic, but this story incorporates the involvement of reality because it is telling the story of how two stars in the sky came to be.Also within the mosquito story the giant is turned into mosquitos after being killed, implying some sort of direct use of magic, and again portraying how some aspect of our world came to be.
The Native-American Folktales put more emphasis on religion and tradition as well, they always display a sense of community and a sense of togetherness. In all the stories it involves groups of people, their tribes or nations. This shows the people comprehending these tales and their sense of togetherness and community, it portrays the importance that these things have to these kinds of people. All in all the Native-American tales are more stories pertaining to their tribes and how things that relate to them came to be, but they also have few similar aspects to European tales.

This image reminded me of the tale of How Women and Men Came To Be because in the tale the women have beautiful clothes made from things like buckskin and the men when are seen as more attractive have red sacred face paint on and the chief has his headdress of feathers. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rags to Riches-Cinderella

I personally thing that Cinderella can be seen as a completely realistic fairytale not necessarily the magic from fairy godmothers and what not, but they aspect that good things do happen to people who are truly good at heart and pure. Cinderella is the ultimate pure example, she is treated like ashes and dirt she sleeps next to and she still does not resent or take her poor situation out on the world and still has the capability of loving and believing in the world and the possibility of a happy ending. Now not necessarily being a good person and having good things become of you is not a guarantee, one does not equal the other, bad things happen to good people but things in life always get better. Hard work pays off and in that case Cinderella's ability to deal with the challenges life throws at her results in her happy ending.
I think the fact that Cinderella has the help of magic to help her reach her success does provide the possibility that she wouldn't have necessarily found success without the magic, because the things provided, by magic, to Cinderella are the things that helped her reach her success, through marriage, by getting her a husband who was her escape and path to success, aka a way out of her life path and into a life of riches. This is not to say that success isn't possible without magic just in the case of Cinderella it might not have happened, she escapes through marriage which was provided by the aspects provided by magic. In real life needless to say good things don't always happen to good people but you don't need riches in order to reach happiness, just like you don't need magic to  reach riches, you can reach riches through hard work.
Relating to the movie and other aspects magic, riches and charm would all be helpful in order to reach success but they are not always provided in the real world, but they are al present in helping Cinderella reach success in this fairytale.

This picture shows the aspect of magic helping Cinderella reach the state which helps her to reach success through helping her into her marriage.