My "WP" for Western Pal, storyteller Mark Wilson died recently. At the 2012 National Storytelling Conference, I brought to the Storytell swap photos Mark sent me and offered everybody their choice of one. I've decided to broaden that offering by posting them online to let others see more about Mark and many storytellers he photographed, starting with others no longer with us.
On Michigan Storytelling.org there's a special page called In Memoriam that attempts to recognize Michigan storytellers deserving our remembering. It can only be complete if we remember those who helped build storytelling. Just as the African story of “The Cowtail Switch” (found in the book of the same name by Harold Courlander) ends, “For it is a saying among them that a man is not really dead until he is forgotten.” Let the stories of our storytelling family never be forgotten.
Mark sent me many photos to help me get to know members of STORYTELL and other storytellers before I ever had a chance to attend any conferences. We kept hoping we'd get to the same conference at the same time, but he was very much a WP and didn't make any of the same ones I've been able to attend. Because the 2012 conference especially remembers Those Who Have Gone Before, here are some of his photos for storytellers whose voices have been stilled in this world.
|Rose Owens "The Story Lady"|
|Papa Joe, "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?"|
There has been a wonderful development from this series. Please see the latest article for this month titled "Rose Is Alive!"