Pathways to 'Dreaming': Explorations in Storytelling
The practice and art of storytelling is fundamental to human existence.
To affirm that stance, I begin by telling an autobiographical story
'A gift of friendship' (see Appendix).
If we were now sitting around a meal table or by a fire, sharing
food and drink, I imagine my telling would move others, and they
would tell stories of their own. Through this exchange, the mustard
seed of my story would grow into a large tree in whose shade we
would sit, drawn into a community of strangers and friends. Just as I am drawn into the presence of Justin and of Mahler and into the
company of the spirits of other friends and makers of music before
them, so this sharing in storytelling would put us in touch with those we celebrate and with many human beings now and before us.
The University of Sydney acknowledges that its campuses and facilities sit on the ancestral lands of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples, who have for thousands of generations exchanged knowledge for the benefit of all.