Storyteller ||Tanya Batt |
Musician ||Craig DenHam |
Elemental has been created in response to the ever-decreasing opportunities many children
have to play and grow up in natural environments and to listen to stories. Inspired by the
work of people like Joseph Chilton Pearce, Froebel and David Abram, we have collected and
retold traditional stories, written songs and created music, which draw upon the four
elements that have formed the basis of understanding for many civilizations for many
hundreds of years. The stories in particular come from the Native American and Australian
Aboriginal cultures. Both of these cultures have preserved in their stories a respectful
and connected relationship with the natural world.
Ben Okri said, "Stories are the reservoir of values: change the stories individuals or
nations live by and tell themselves, and you change the individuals and nations."
We hope that the sharing of these stories, songs and music will contribute to a story,
where we come to know and understand that our will-being is inseparable from the well-being
of our planet.
The Earth Story - How the Earth was made
In the stories of the Native American Indian peoples, there are tales that explain the
creation of the earth using the 'diving myth'. I have drawn upon these stories and
added a perky little yellow duck.
The Air Story - Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle
This story comes from the Abenaki people of Northern America. Gluscabi learns that
which tests us also makes us strong when he meets Wouchowsen the wind eagle.
The Fire Story - Crocodile Man and Bird Woman
Stories in many different cultures record fire as having been stolen, often using
trickery. This story comes from the Dalabon people of the Beswick reserve in northern
Australia. Written versions of this story can be found in Eric Maddern's picture book
'Rainbow Bird' and Kevin Crossley Hollands, 'Young Oxford Book of Folk Tales'.
The Water Story - Tiddalick the Thirsty Frog
This story is an Aboriginal Dreamtime Story from the Murray River Region of New
South Wales, Australia. This tale has been retold as a 'movement' story. Children
can move to the story as it is being told and have a full-bodied story-telling experience.