This performance includes character education stories that teach respect, caring, integrity, responsibility, and self-discipline. Students are introduced to the art of storytelling and African proverbs as the Griots tell stories that entertain, educate, inspire, motivate, uplift, and heal. There are stories about tricksters, relationships and historical characters, stories that are inspirational, humorous, tall tales, folk tales, ghost stories and Appalachian Mountain stories. They all come alive as the Griots perform magical stories, using music, drumming, rap, dance and audience participation to deliver a wonderful presentation of the storytelling art. Teachers can request such themes as African folktales, African-American folktales and character stories that emphasize positive character traits, etc. A microphone is required.

Different versions of this program are available for the following grade levels: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th.

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Appropriate for ages: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

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Costs: $465 ensemble performance
Available Monday-Friday


The Griots: Keepers of the Stories

The Wichita Griots are a local professional group of storytellers who strive to foster and promote a love and appreciation of reading through the oral tradition of the arts. Three members of the Griots will come to your school for each performance. The Griots’ stories and songs will acknowledge, respond to and celebrate various cultures, and communicate high expectations for acceptance of cultural contributions and perspectives.


I was totally impressed! It was awesome.

T. Paschal, Heights High School, Wichita

AWESOME! Our group really enjoyed the experience. You could hear a pin drop the kids were so mesmerized.

S. Hendrix, Allison Traditional Magnet, Wichita

Awesome presenters! the kids listened and responded well.

L. Neas, Beech Elementary, Wichita

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