Storytelling: “Two brothers from flat Banat”

The event was performed, live streamed, recorded and movies were made during October of 2021. The workshop was about encounters, conflicts and alliances between Avar and Slavic tribes during the 6th and 7th century A.D. in the Banat region (Vojvodina) and Balcan Peninsula. What was special about this workshop was the presentation of a storytelling method for educators in cultural and educational institutions. A movie about that method was made earlier, for educators. The workshop was streamed through Facebook live stream and it has over 500 views. The workshop was also recorded both with professional equipment and with cellphones as a cheap and generally widely available technology. Two movies were made and published on the website of the National Museum Zrenjanin (Youtube channel of National Museum of Zrenjanin), with the intention to be seen afterwards, as a permanent educational tool. During the work on this digital event, we were exploring how to present any content of the National Museum Zrenjanin by using livestreaming, moviemaking and other interesting techniques (such as storytelling). We were exploring how to present cultural institutions during pandemics and we were also presenting tools for educators.

Authors of the workshop are librarian Vladimir Tot and archaeologist Aleksandar Šalamon. Workshop leaders were librarians Tanja Graovac and Vladimir Tot. Besides archaeological facts, children were told about friendship, tolerance and mutual cooperation as alternatives to conflicts, wars and hostilities.

The workshop contains three parts. During the first part of the workshop the children were introduced to how the exhibits get to the museum, who studies them and what archaeology, palaeontology and geology is. After that, at an improvised archaeological site, the children dig up a skeleton made of papermache and they were put together with leaders of the workshop who were acting as archaeologists. The skeleton was named by one of the main characters in the original story written by librarians, associates-volunteers on this project and afterwards the completed skeleton was moved to an archaeological room where a real skeleton of an Avar/Slav warrior is presented and where the children heard a story about the unusual friendship of two young warriors from conflicting tribes, about their adventures and cooperation, which is the second part of the workshop. Storytelling was followed by a slide presentation on a projector. Children were involved in the story by asking questions, commenting or making certain sounds with the workshop leaders in certain places. The third part was a drama workshop. The children were divided into two “tribes”, they were supposed to create a unique greeting, marks for their tribe and also the weapons, tools, goods specific to the Avar or Slav tribe. Then they meet and exchange greetings and goods and discuss the benefits of cooperation over conflict with the workshop leaders.

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