The Shea Chant: botanical folklore

8 October, 11:00 am

2 hrsPWYD

Workshop | Biology, Black History Month, Environment & Nature, The Arts

The Shea Chant

Oxfordshire County Library, Queen Street, Westgate, Oxford OX1 1DJ

Take a journey across the plant kingdom using African and Caribbean traditions of spoken word, chant and echo as your mode of transport. Oxford’s own story-telling griot, Natty Mark Samuels, uses examples of millennia-old baobab trees, shea nuts and pumpkins as inspiration for tales and legend. How does ancient knowledge relate to the modern world, including new ways to enjoy and understand its mystery?


Natty Mark Samuels has delivered workshops revealing different aspects of African and Caribbean heritage and art in partnership with IF Oxford since 2018. He set up the African School in 2009 to bring African and Caribbean folklore, art and culture to the public.


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Oxfordshire County Library, Queen Street, Westgate, Oxford OX1 1DJ, UK OX1 1DJ