Oral History Theater

Organization and community: Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (Zuni Pueblo, NM)

The A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center and the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project started a conversation of how audio recordings of Delap’na:we, traditional winter storytelling, from the 1960’s known as the Doris Duke Collection could be brought to life. From this conversation, the community led Oral History Theater project was created to connect children and adults through the cultural tradition of storytelling. For two months during the winter, community members work together to develop a script, background, costumes, and rehearse roles with participants, culminating in a two-night showcase for the public.