Nanzi and Death told by Roy Colastica, recorded on video for the Anansi Masters project in Curacao. The storyteller Roy Colastica (or 'Rói' or 'Roland') was the presentor of the Anansi Masters storytelling event on Curacao. Due to his obligations as Master of Ceremony, he was not able to be interviewed after his story.
Subject: Why nobody dies in Nanzi stories
Description: Nanzi outwits his friend Death
Content: Nanzi and Death are good friends. Therefore they can always count on each other. Between the two, there is only one important difference. While Nanzi is extremely poor, Death is rich and powerful and leads a life of luxury. Counting on their friendship, Nanzi asks Death for help when he and his family have nothing left to eat. Of course Death will help him. Death assures Nanzi of a wealthy life if he turns him into one of the best healers of the country. But only on one condition. Only when Death is standing at the foot end of a bed, Nanzi is allowed to heal a sick person. When King is diagnosed with an incurable disease, everybody counts on Nanzi. Death however has other plans and tries to prevent Nanzi from healing the King. But Nanzi is simply Nanzi, and of course, he finds a way to even outwit Death.
About Anansi Masters: The Anansi Masters project is developed by Vista Far Reaching Visuals (Mr. Jean Hellwig) and partners. It is designed as a public digital platform at http://www.anansimasters.net and opened in 2007. At the website one can find information about the story character of Nanzi (or Anansi or Kweku Ananse), with English and Dutch subtitled video recordings of storytelling in several countries in different languages, educational modules about storytelling for use at schools and academies, and digital issues of the Anansi Masters Journal published since the beginning of the project. All storytelling videos are also published on Youtube.
The stories of the Anansi tradition originate in Africa and were exported to other parts of the world through slave trade and migration. In Anansi Masters, the similarities and differences between the stories and storytellers, who tell in their own language, can be found. Anansi Masters initiates different activities all over the world where stories from this oral tradition can be found. The founder has the ambition to film as many stories from this tradition as possible in as many countries as possible. Anansi Masters collaborates with writers, theatre makers, filmmakers, researchers, schools and of course with many many storytellers.
This dataset refers to:
- the video recording of the storytelling with English subtitles
- the video recording of the storytelling with Dutch subtitles
- a text datasheet with information about the stortyteller and story in English and Dutch