Folktale: A tool for the promotion of artistic and social values among the youth in the Sunyani Municipality.

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The thesis is the researcher’s submission to help restore lost social values inherent in folktales. Folktale narrations are non-material aspects of culture; based on thoughts of wisdom or sets of ideas and beliefs of a particular people woven together and told as stories. Also, they are a means by which the people of Sunyani and other people elsewhere preserve, appreciate and pass on their cultural beliefs and values to their younger generations. Folktales imbue in children good and worthwhile attitudes of life such as respect for the aged, patriotism, obedience, humility, respect for rules and laws, kindness and empathy. Stories are told to help children make informed decisions and shun people associated with bad character traits. The narrations and present day dramatization make use of art elements such as costumes, songs, body paintings and other material art forms that promote the performances, bring much gaiety and interest for many to cherish. Unfortunately, cultural awareness and the pride of traditional heritage are fast declining in the atmosphere of urbanization and modernization. All these good cultural practices are being lost in the name of modernization with the electronic and print media taking the centre stage in reducing the time tested values in respect to our culture. This research therefore seeks to unearth to the fullest, the causes of decline in folktale activities among the youth, social values inherent in folktales, the art elements in folktale activities. Furthermore, it attempts to find lasting solutions to rejuvenate the youth’s interest in folktale activities and to make suggestions to resuscitate them among the youth of Sunyani in order to revive the lost values that accompanied the decline of the folktales; whiles playing an active role in the cultural education and awareness in the national reconstruction as an educator to promote socio-cultural ideas of his environment.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in African Art and Culture.