Storyteller presents folk tales as life lessons at RCC

Storyteller Dylan Pritchett brought several musical instruments of African origin to his RCC performance on February 17. After a short lesson in playing these instruments, members of the audience made beautiful music together.

GLENNS — On Feb. 17, Rappahannock Community College's Student Support Services and Student Activities Offices, with the RCC/Richmond County Public Library, sponsored an appearance by well-known storyteller Dylan Pritchett as a celebration of Black History Month. Pritchett gave dramatic renderings of a number of African folk tales, each emphasizing a lesson to be learned.

A native of Williamsburg, Pritchett has been a full-time storyteller since 1990, taking folk tales from his African heritage to hundreds of schools throughout the country. His experience in historical research has enabled him to create two classroom presentations: "Scraps of History," which uses authentic documents from the 18th and 19th centuries to weave African-American history into the fabric of the American past; and "Bringing History to Life," which teaches students how to research, write and tell their own personal and unique family stories.

As president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Pritchett is dedicated to passing on the African oral tradition of storytelling. In addition to recording several albums of folk tales, he has recreated the voices of many historical characters for museum recordings and exhibits.