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oral tradition

the aspects of a society's CULTURE that are passed on by word of mouth. Some societies (see NONLITERATE SOCIETY) may rely solely on this method of documenting their history and GENEALOGY through song, poetry and narrative. In literate societies the oral tradition usually plays an increasingly marginal role in cultural transmission and may often stand in opposition to the dominant forms of representation. Whilst anthropologists have long been interested in folklore and story-telling, sociologists and social historians are now also using this method to document the histories of groups (e.g. women, ethnic minorities and the working class) who have not previously been focused upon in the written tradition. see also ORAL HISTORY.
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We hope that people will walk out of our performances feeling encouraged and inspired to go back and discover once more the treasure of the oral tradition.
The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry and restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theater, dance, music and painting.
Oral tradition, not historical sources, provides the content and flow of the book.
Marilyn incorporates storytelling into all forms of academic achievement, literacy and college bound leadership among youth, children and adults teaching The Art of Storytelling, Multicultural Folktales, Sacred Stories from Around the World, African Oral Traditions, and Storytelling in Healing Setting.
In four chapters, Berard moves from theater texts to the performance of bodies on stage to argue that Caribbean theater redefines performance through the appropriation of European texts, the inclusion of oral tradition and the fusion of folk and popular culture.
Most of the other leaders of the oral tradition movement spend much of their time discussing oral traditions in other cultures and theories of memory and memory retention.
Williams spoke on the state of oral tradition in Canadian law at an event organized by the University of Toronto Aboriginal Law Program on Jan.
Keith Thor Carlson follows with a paper that directly questions a taken-for-granted "truth," citing Salish oral traditions that contradict the presumed chronology in which oral tradition predates the written word.
Recommended for new age and spirituality collections alike, this draws from a range of sources, from India's oral tradition to the Bhagavata Purana, Gita, Mahabharata and more, exploring Krishna's life, how he became the greatest of all yogis, and how he evolved to the position of a divine ruler.
The symposium theme was chosen to honor McLucas' 2010 monograph, "The Musical Ear: Oral Tradition in the USA.
Rankovic's contribution identifies how oral texts, and literary texts derived from the oral tradition, have many similar features when they are plotted on the continuum as a model for viewing the relationship between the oral and the written mediums.
Anne Dhu McLucas, professor emerita from the University of Oregon, has written one of the few books on the topic of oral tradition in music.