South Sudanese Folk Tales

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South Sudanese Folk Tales

Project Summary

South Sudanese Folktales is an online platform created to document, display, discuss and share South Sudanese folktales. Visit the project at www.southsudanesefolktales.org. 

Problem Addressed

Lack of cultural archiving in period of mass cultural change, lack of cultural spaces in which to celebrate and share diverse cultures of South Sudan.

Location

The project aims to collect nationally and share online and in print.

Key Communities

National and international.

Dates

2015 - ongoing

Other actors

Free Voice, Nabeesh, EU

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Project Description

The platform emerged out of Na’eesh Mabadh / Living Together, a multimedia peacebuilding project which draws inspiration from South Sudan’s folklore and oral tradition.

The Na’eesh Mabadh team recorded folktales during storytelling sessions in four locations in South Sudan: Bentiu, Pibor, Renk and a PoC site in Juba, discussed and analyzed themes of peace and conflict in the stories, and then adapted them into a series of radio programmes, which are being broadcast in South Sudan throughout 2016.

At the inception of that project, the organizers understood the value of the folktales and other materials they would gather, and envisioned an online platform that would serve as both a site for documentation and space for dialogue. The South Sudanese Folktales website is now that space.

Key Lessons

Radio remains the only truly mass communications device in South Sudan and must form part of behaviour change initiatives aimed at scale.

Combining radio, SMS and grassroots peace mobilisation across the country is a powerful mix that produces a strong sense of ownership by wide audiences.

South Sudan has strong creative and production talent in story telling, scriptwriting and production.

It is critial to produce radio content in multiple languages to ensure relevance and reach.

Quotes from People Involved

“One of our goals is to cultivate a community-driven space where South Sudanese can share, discuss and interpret folktales. - South Sudan Folktakes Organiser

“One of our goals is to cultivate a community-driven space where South Sudanese can share, discuss and interpret folktales.” - South Sudan Folktakes Organiser

What's Next?

It is hoped that the materials and resources shared on the site will foster dialogue and debate in the country and be useful in teaching and research at the primary school, secondary school, and University levels in the decades (and centuries) to come.

Download the anthology for free, visit the archive, subscribe to updates and contribute your stories

Each story will eventually have its own comprehensive page at the South Sudanese Folktales website involving translations, transcriptions, author and collection information and discussion.

Email ssfolktales@gmail.com to submit your stories.

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