275: Liberian Storytelling and Oral Tradition (with Mayonn Paasewe-Valchev)

275: Liberian Storytelling and Oral Tradition (with Mayonn Paasewe-Valchev)

By Multitude

We’re joined by author Mayonn Paasewe-Valchev, an incredible storyteller and educator. We talk about how myths are purposeful, cautionary storytelling, and the differences between oral storytelling and literary traditions.  


Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of parental death, grief, animal attacks, drowning, and kidnapping.



Mayonn Paasewe-Valchev was born in Liberia, where she was exposed to a culture of oral storytelling at a young age. She lived in the Netherlands for several years, where she learned to stuff her klompen (wooden shoes) with carrots and developed a love for reading stories—especially tales written by Roald Dahl and Astrid Lindgren. She lives in Georgia with her family. Pre-order her book, The Leopard Behind the Moon, today!



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