Types of Oral Storytelling
There are many different types of oral storytelling. Each has its own unique characteristics and elements.
Narrative oral storytelling is the most common type of oral storytelling. It involves telling a story with a beginning, middle, and end. The storyteller uses words, gestures, and facial expressions to bring the story to life for the audience.
Epics are a type of oral storytelling that tells the story of a hero or heroine. They are usually long and often involve gods, goddesses, and other supernatural beings.
Folktales are oral stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. They often feature animals or ordinary people who display extraordinary acts of courage or wisdom.
Native American oral tradition includes many different types of folktales.
Myths are oral stories that explain the natural world and human behavior. They often feature gods, goddesses, and other supernatural beings.
Legends are oral stories about real or imaginary people and events. They often involve heroes or villains who display extraordinary acts of courage or villainy.