Storytelling in the African Diaspora

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Storytelling is one of the many cultural expressions shared by African-descended people throughout the Americas. In Ecuador, stories of Anansi the Spider, whose image is carved on this boat seat, Rabbit, Tiger, and other animal figures appear in a number of folktales, as they do in the United States and throughout the Americas. These stories derived from West Africa, are shared within communities, and between family members to entertain and teach life lessons. Today they are also often heard at cultural festivals and other public programs. Each story offers a window into the world view of a particular community and its complex past. Collecting these stories, as Juan García Salazar has done in Ecuador, enables them to be shared in other media, further contributing to the identifiable heritage of Afro-Ecuadorians.