Storytelling is not just a strong cultural and educational tool, but also a healing ritual amongst Indigenous people.
In a culturally safe environment (e.g. healing circle), Indigenous people can share experiences by telling their Story (which is often a trauma Story), help each other come to terms with the emotional pain caused by what has happened to them in their past, and make sense of their personal story in relationship to the collective, communal Story.
During this process, Indigenous people can work through multiple levels of loss and grief. They are undertaking an exciting and painful journey of self-discovery.
Storytelling is a core element of the We Al-li healing programme developed by Professor Judy Atkinson and colleagues.