Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Storytelling is considered one of the oldest forms of communication. The purpose of this study is to 1) study the role of oral storytelling comparing African, Native, Hispanic and European American students; 2) examine whether oral storytelling instills pride in those aforementioned students. For many centuries cultures and ethnic groups depended on oral storytelling as a way to continue their history. African, Native, and Hispanic Americans have passed on the stories and history; therefore, a sense of ethnic awareness and pride were instilled. Storytelling should instill pride in an individual regardless of his/her culture or ethnic group. However, Eighty-one percent (81) of the Native American and European American student, that had surviving communities, indicate the reason was strong family values taught not storytelling of the history or celebrations. A questionnaire administered to a sample of college students investigated the role storytelling has in their ethnic/cultural awareness and pride. Results, interpretations, and implications for further research are discussed.


Carolyn Sue Strohkirch

Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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