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GIA Style Card // The Storyteller


Storytelling is a timeless art form – an complex mixture of song, chant, music, parable and poetry. In African and Caribbean culture, The accomplished storyteller was a revered and auspicious figure in his or her community since the oral tradition is an interactive form of entertainment that engages the speaker and all the listeners on varying levels.

In honour of Black History Month as observed in Canada and the United States, today’s styling pays homage to the Afrocentric storyteller, dressed in a traditional frock for more formal occasion – poised to recount the tale of how the famed trickster Anansi (the spider) got all his stories:

Once there were no stories in the world. The Sky-God, Nyame, had them all. Anansi went to Nyame and asked how much they would cost to buy.

Nyame set a high price: Anansi must bring back Onini the Python, Osebo the Leopard, the Mmoboro Hornets, and Mmoatia the dwarf.

Anansi set about capturing these. First he went to where Python lived and debated out loud whether Python was really longer than the palm branch or not as his wife Aso says. Python overheard and, when Anansi explained the debate, agreed to lie along the palm branch. Because he cannot easily make himself completely straight a true impression of his actual length is difficult to obtain, so Python agreed to be tied to the branch. When he was completely tied, Anansi took him to Nyame.

To catch the leopard, Anansi dug a deep hole in the ground. When the leopard fell in the hole Anansi offered to help him out with his webs. Once the leopard was out of the hole though he was bound in Anansi’s webs and was carried away.

To catch the hornets, Anansi filled a calabash with water and poured some over a banana leaf he held over his head and some over the nest, calling out that it was raining. He suggested the hornets get into the empty calabash and, when they obliged, quickly sealed the opening.

To catch the dwarf he made a doll and covered it with sticky gum. He placed the doll under the odum tree where the dwarfs play and put some yam in a bowl in front of it. When the dwarf came and ate the yam she thanked the doll which of course did not reply. Annoyed at its bad manners she struck it, first with one hand then the other. Anansi captured her.

Anansi handed his captives over to Nyame who rewards him with the stories, which now become known as Anansi stories or Anansesem.

All Poses: Diesel Works by Rogan Diesel (from the “Diva” set)

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Body:

  • Skin: :: DUTCH TOUCH ::SjORs:: Coffee – iLinerWine by Iki Ikarus (Dutch Touch)
  • Hair: Tukinowaguma Rocca Ebony by KateForster Akina (Tukinowaguma)

Outfit:

  • Dress: KANAVAL VA RETOURNER DRESSCHARITY VENDOR by Cutea Benelli (Grim Bros.) *No longer available; Red Cross+Haiti fundraising exclusive

Accessories:

  • Necklace: -= UZURI =- Enkai Necklace by Bella Bombast (UZURI)
  • Earrings: *KC* Square *GOLD* Bamboo Earrings (Double) (LD) by Kimberly Casanova (KCD)
  • Bangles: DS Wood Bangles Light (BOXED) by Polly Pavlova (The Body Politik)
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Hitting the Beach: Day 4 of 4 – Montego Bay

Last stop on our four-day grid-wide voyage. Strawberry and I decided to make the finale fun and celebratory. To boogie down we decided to get grassroots and natural, donning gypsy-esque beachwear before refreshing ourselves at the seaside bar and dropping booty on the beach.  In flowing wrap skirts  and dreaded locks we’ll spend the last day of our road trip drinking Red Stripe (a Shirley Temple or ginger beer for Berry, though) and listening to the dub reggae tunes blaring from the speakers at the bar with Berry using every excuse and opportunity to wiggle her booty.

Thanks for coming along!


See:
Day 1: The Tide is High
Day 2: California Sun
Day 3: Weapon of Choice

Photographer: Strawberry Singh

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All Dances: Sinewave by Easy Babcock

ON STRAWBERRY

Body:

  • Skin: Dutch Touch:  DUNe Cocoa, Cats Eyes by Iki Ikarus
  • Hair: booN: QQL677 Hair, Chocolate by boo Nakamura

Outfit:

  • Swimsuit: BOOM: Rhapsody, Picnic by Aranel Ah
  • Shoes: Maitreya Gold: Salience, Brown by Beauvoir Rousselot and Onyx LeShelle

Accessories:

  • Earrings: JUNK: Bohemian Chandelier Earrings by Koge Cleaver
  • Necklace: Yummy: Portrait Necklace by Polyester Partridge
  • Bangles: Zaara : Indra Painted Stacked Bangles by Zaara Kohime
  • Cuff: Zaara: Pratha Silver Cuff, Malachite by Zaara Kohime
  • Ring: Alchemy Immortalis: Sephira Hierophant Signet Ring by AlchemyImmortalis Cyannis

ON KINGSTON

Body:

  • Hair: booN: LUV029 Hair, Chocolate by boo Nakamura
  • Skin: ATOMIC: Faith – Mocha, Smudge Pale by Crushed Clarity/Ivy Graves
  • Tattoo: Aitui: Stars with Tribal by Jesseaitui Petion

Outfit:

  • Swimsuit (top): SHIKI: Bikini, Retro Chic by Shinichi Mathy
  • Skirt: bijou: Prayer, Olive by Kotobuki Jewell

Accessories:

  • Earrings: UZURI: Jabari Ear Rings, Gold by Jabari Ear Rings, Gold by Bella Bombast
  • Necklace: UZURI: Nahla Necklace, Brown by Bella Bombast
  • Bangle (left wrist): UZURI: Sacred Bracelet by Bella Bombast
  • Bangle (right wrist): UZURI: Zamani Bangle by Bella Bombast

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