The Stories the People Tell…

This plant is called the Heart Plant. Why?


Australian aboriginals believe in a creation time when great spirits in the form of serpents, half humans and animals roamed the earth. They created the rocks, the trees and the people.  These creatures were known as “the ancestors” and taught their descendants the rituals and symbols used today in body painting.  In my short tale collection “Fifty Tales from Ma’s Watering Hole,” there is a tale about a woman who told these ancestral stories through her body tattoos.  When she ran out of skin, she had no choice but to tell the stories with her voice.  Look for that story this year, coming up in serialized format on Shelfstealers.  Back to the body painting, the native people also told their stories through rock engraving (rubbing, pitting, drilling, scratching) and paintings on boulders and rocks with twig brushes or human hair.  Sand drawings painted stories with primitive symbolic maps, ground mosaics included leaves, shells, stems, feathers and flowers.  More next time on story telling via natural media.

Do any of you work with these methods?   Your comments are welcome.


Kaye LindenThe Stories the People Tell…

2 Comments on “The Stories the People Tell…”

  1. ellen herbert

    Hi Kaye,
    This is fascinating. I am intrigued by natural media as well.
    I take it Twitter, FB, Linkedin, etc. are unnatural media. They certainly are for me. I am flummoxed about their purpose or how to use them. I find they consume my hours I ought to be writing.

    Recently in Poets & Writers mag, some fiction writers proposed writing on computers not hooked up to the Internet. I can understand why!


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