Storytelling has always been a favorite method of keeping old knowledge and traditions alive. Some stories are historical in nature, while others are geared more toward moral lessons or explaining natural phenomena. Whatever the topic, storytelling is a craft that thrives on embellishments, dramatic flourishes, and stage presence. Good storytellers can often build up a considerable following. “Cousin” Thelma Boltin, Liliane Louis, and Lottie Shore are examples of popular Floridian storytellers.

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