“We must not overlook the fact that each of us is born with story, and that each of us has a responsibility to pass that on. To fortify our children and grandchildren and help them cope with an increasingly material and technological world, we have to tell them the stories which reinforce their identity, engender their self worth, build their self esteem, and empower them with knowledge.
At the moment we are training our young people without story and story is the repository of knowledge and wisdom throughout Oceania. To us, story is memory, story is the collective consciousness. Without it our young people are having a much harder struggle finding themselves, finding a place to stand, and becoming the whole person they want to be, and we wish to see them become.”