Centre for Bhutan Studies: National Story Telling Conference

The World Oral Literature Project is pleased to be able to host video footage and related articles from the first National Storytelling Conference, Bhutan, 28-30 June, 2009. International and Bhutanese folklorists and storytellers gathered at the Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu, to examine oral culture in Bhutan, its past, present and future. The collection includes presentations, storytelling and musical performances.

Collection Details:

Collection: National Storytelling Conference
Collector: Centre for Bhutan Studies
Date(s): 28-30 June, 2009
Language(s): English, Dzongkha and other Bhutanese languages


1. Keynote Address
A male speaker introduces Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck who then delivers the keynote address at the National Storytelling Conference in Bhutan.
Author(s): Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck
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2. The Impact of Cultural Folklore on National Values: A Preliminary Study with a Focus on Bhutan
Video of the National Storytelling Conference 2009. A presentation by Mr Steve Evans on the impact of cultural folklore on national values in Bhutan.
Author(s): Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck; Steven Evans
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3. Three Presentations on Storytelling in Bhutan
Video recording of three presentations given at the National Storytelling Conference June 2009 Bhutan. The first is a partial recording of Mr Steven Evans presentation on the impact of cultural folklore in Bhutan. The second is a recording of Mr Dorji Penjore giving a presentation on folktales as subaltern literature. The third is partial recording of a presentation given by Dr Tandin Dorji (Institute for Management Studies, Bhutan) on ritualising stories used to heal malady.
Author(s): Stephen Evans; Penjore Dorji; Dorji Tandin
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4. Two Presentations on Storytelling in Bhutan
A partial video recording of a presentation by Mr Dorji Penjore (Centre for Bhutanese Studies, Bhutan) on folktales as subaltern literature. Followed by a recording of Dr Tandin Dorji (Institute for Management Studies, Bhutan) on the use of ritualising stories to heal malady.
Author(s): Dorji Penjore; Tandin Dorji
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5. The Role of Folk Consciousness in the Modern State: Its Efficacy, Use and Abuse
A video recording of a presentation by Dr Jim Brown (Standford University) on 'The role of Folk Consciousness in the Modern State: Its Efficacy, Use and Abuse' at the National Storytelling Conference in Bhutan 2009. The presentation is followed by Ap Dregang narrating 'Tshongon Dawa Zango and Damtsi Drem'.
Author(s): Jim Brown; Ap Dregang
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6. Narration of 'Tshongpon Dawa Zangpo' and 'Damtsi Drem'
Video footage of Ap Dregang narrating 'Tshongpon Dawa Zangpo' and 'Damtsi Drem'.
Author(s): Ap Dregang
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7. Two Presentations on Storytelling in Bhutan (2)
Video footage of a presentation by Mr Lingchen (Gaeddu College of Business Studies, Bhutan) on the dying art of traditional storytelling in Bhutan. Followed by the beginning of a presentation by Ann M. Scroggie (Santa Fe College) on preserving traditions and enhancing learning through youth storytelling.
Author(s): Lingchen; Ann Scroggie
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8. Presentations on Storytelling
Video footage from the National Storytelling Conference in Bhutan. Recording of Ann M. Scroggie (Santa Fe College) giving a presentation on preserving traditions and enhancing learning through storytelling, followed by a question and answer session. A speaker then introduces the talks that are to follow. This is followed by the beginning of the narration of 'Bu Ma Nyen Tashi' by Ap Tshewang Dargay, Bumthang.
Author(s): Ann Scroggie; Ap Tshewang Dargay; Unknown
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9. Narration of 'Bu Ma Nyen Tashi'
A video recording of 'Bu Ma Nyen Tashi' narrated by Ap Tshewang Dargay at the National Storytelling Conference in Bhutan June 2009. This is followed by music performed by Jigme Drukpa.
Author(s): Ap Tshewang Dargay; Jigme Drukpa
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10. Trepai Cheje: Narration
A video recording of the narration of Trepai Cheje by Ap Sang Dorji at the National Storytelling Conference in Bhutan, June 2009.
Author(s): Ap Sang Dorji
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11. Preserving our Folktales, Myths and Legends in the Digital Era
A video recording of Mr. Tshering Cigay Dorji (Tokushima University, Japan) giving a presentation on preserving folktales, myths and legends in the digital era at the National Storytelling Conference in Bhutan, June 2009.
Author(s): Tshering Cigay Dorji
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12. Two Presentations on Storytelling in Bhutan (3)
Video recording of the end of a presentation by Mr. Tshering Dorji (Tokushima University, Japan) on preserving folktales, myths and legends in the digital era. This is followed by a presentation from Dr James R. King. Jr on culturally-sensitive cottage and small enterprise training.
Author(s): Tshering Cigay Dorji; James R. Jr. King
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13. Three Presentations on Storytelling in Bhutan (2)
Video recording of the National Storytelling Conference, Bhutan June 2009. The first presentation is the end of Dr James R King's talk on 'Culturally-Sensitive Cottage and Small Enterprise Training: A Framework for an Oral Storytelling.' Followed by Dasho Passang Wangdi narrating 'Ap Wang Drugey.' This is followed by music from Jigme Drukpa and the beginning of the narration of 'Sey Jatru Tshewang' by Meme Lobzang Yeshey.
Author(s): James R. Jr King
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14. Story Narration
Video recordings of story narration at the National Storytelling Conference in Bhutan, June 2009. 'Ap Wang Drugey' narrated by Dasho Passang Wangdi, Semtokha, Thimphu. 'Sey Jatru Tshewang' narrated by Meme Lobbzang Yeshey, Bartsham, Trashigang.
Author(s): Dasho Passang Wangdi; Meme Lobzang Yeshey
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15. Presentations on Storytelling (2)
Video recording of presentations from the National Storytelling Conference in Bhutan, June 2009. Dr Joseph Sobol (East Tennessee State University) delivers a presentation on 'Oracy in the New Millennium: Storytelling revival in America and Bhutan'. This is followed by presentations delivered by Ap Degang, Ap Lobzang Yeshi and an unknown male.
Author(s): Joseph Sobol; Ap Degang; Ap Lobzang Yeshi; Unknown
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16. Closing Session
Video recording of the closing session of the National Storytelling Conference, Bhutan, June 2009.
Author(s): Unknown
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