Patrick Daveyabout 1 year ago
Here in Ireland we have had the Folk Law Commission which for 80 years collected stories and music which is now a fantastic archive for all.
While setting up Mountains of the Moon University in Uganda I hoped to establish a School of African studies to Study African history and life from the INSIDE and also very importantly to collect stories, especially from the older generation. AIDS has devastated the country and many of the middle generation have gone, the population is much more mobile and liable to be living in a different language area making communication between generations much more difficult so there is a very real danger of history being lost because until very recently it was an oral culture. When a country, like a person, loses their history they lose their identity with all the problems of alienation and social disruption that result.
The School is set up and is doing usefull work but it does not have the resources to do the extensive outreach needed for story collection.