Hats off to African Folktales

Kathy Adair’s class is taking a different approach to Black History Month this year.  The class is going to the source, study of Africa itself and the oral tradition of story telling.  Many tribes today still have Griots,  or storytellers, who, much like the minstrels of Europe, are the history keepers of the tribe.  They use a variety of story types, and have special story telling hats that identify them.  People may go up to them and select a particular symbol from their hat.  The story teller then relates that particular tale.

Students have created their own story teller hats, with story symbols.  Students will wear them when reading and participating in an African Folktale.  Christine Finger, part of the SSD Communications team has interviewed us for an article on Black History and will be taking pictures of us in action soon!