From Anansi to Brer Rabbit - Trickster Tales from Africa and the Americas

Event Details

When
03/01/2012 - 1:00pm
Where
Elwood Community Church
101 N Chicago St
Elwood, IL, 60421-5003
United States
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County: 
Will
Fee: 
Free. Open to the public.
Sponsor Organization: 
Jackson Township Twilighters
Where
Elwood Community Church
101 N Chicago St
Elwood, IL, 60421-5003
See map: Google Maps
County: 
Will
Fee: 
Free. Open to the public.
Sponsor Organization: 
Jackson Township Twilighters
A Road Scholar Program by Shanta Nurullah

In traditional African societies, the storyteller was often the historian, as well as the culture-bearer. West Africa's most vivid, intriguing, and enduring character is the trickster, Anansi. Follow the travels of Anansi from Africa to the west, where Anansi's antics and themes are found in Brer Rabbit tales, often told on southern plantations. These stories of small spiders and crafty rabbits served to entertain and empower those who were using all of their spiritual and mental resources to survive their oppressive conditions. Shanta invites audiences to listen, laugh, and ponder the role of the trickster in folkloric traditions.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Barbara Williams, 815.423.6576.

The Illinois Humanities Council [IHC] is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, the IHC, our partnering organizations or our funders.