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Title:Ewe (Ghana) Storytelling Songs and Internationalizing Undergraduate Curriculum
Author(s):Elder, D. Rose
Subject(s):internationalizing curriculum
Ewe storytelling song
folktale interlude
folk wisdom
african melody
african rhythm
Geographic Coverage:Ghana
Abstract:Since time immemorial the Èwè of Ghana’s Volta Region have relied on storytelling to teach and rehearse their community values. Within the framework of the storytelling performance, audience members interrupt the story with songs that lead to dancing, enliven sleepy listeners, and add each song leader’s interpretive ‘take’ on the story. During the 2016 Ohio State ATI Ghana Research and Education Abroad tour, undergraduate and faculty researchers interviewed storytellers about the current role of storytelling in Èwè communities in the regional capital Ho and surrounding towns. This white paper briefly discusses the aspects of the storytelling songs we collected, available resources for studying the literary and musical aspects of storytelling interludes, and curriculum ideas for incorporating storytelling songs into sociology, anthropology, music, literature and education curricula.
Issue Date:2017
Citation Info:Elder, D.R. (2017). "Ewe (Ghana) Storytelling Songs and Internationalizing Undergraduate Curriculum." White paper submitted for the International Studies Research Lab, Champaign, IL.
Genre:Working / Discussion Paper
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-09-20

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