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Telling Tales

This KET-produced series features Appalachian, African-American, and Native American stories told by master storytellers.

Grade Levels: Primary-8
Resource Type: Videos, PDFs

Hardy Hard Head

A “Jack tale” in which Jack bets with a witch, told by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher.

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The Two Gals

A story about a good sister and a bad sister, told by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher.

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The Buzzard and the Monkey

An African-American tale, told by John O’Neal, in which the buzzard learns a lesson.

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The Possum and the Snake

A traditional African-American story about character and deception, told by John O’Neal.

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Jack and the Giants

A “Jack tale” which pits Jack against four giants, told by Appalachian storytellers Rich Kirby and Tom Bledsoe.

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Soap/Cat and Rat

The tale of a forgetful little boy and how forgetfulness gets him into trouble and a story of how the rat lost his tail and got it back again, both told by Appalachian storytellers Tom Bledsoe and Rich Kirby.

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Little Deer and Mother Earth

A Cherokee tale with an environmental message, told by Marilou Awiakta.

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Rising Fawn and the Fire Mystery

A tale about cultural identity from Choctaw history, told by Native American storyteller Marilou Awiakta.

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The Parable of the Eagle

A version of the African fable about how the eagle learned to fly told by Mama Yaa (Louisville storyteller Gloria Bivens).

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Anansi's Rescue from the River

A story about Anansi, the trickster hero of Ashanti Land on the west coast of Africa, told by Mama Yaa (Louisville storyteller Gloria Bivens).

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Wicked John

The story of a really mean man, told by Appalachian storytellers and musicians Tom Bledsoe, Rich Kirby, and Joy D’Elia.

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Jack and the Magic Mill

A cautionary tale about greed, told by Appalachian storytellers and musicians Tom Bledsoe, Rich Kirby, and Joy D’Elia.

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Ashpet

A mountain version of the Cinderella story, told by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher.

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Mutsmag

The story of a humble gift and a brave little girl, told by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher.

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Balaam Foster's Fiddle/The Banjo and the Loom

A tale about a pact with the devil, plus a poem, told by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher.

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Passing It On

A documentary about the storytelling tradition with Appalachian folklorist Anndrena Belcher.

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