In cultures of the Middle-East the hakawati, or storyteller, once played a central role in society. They drew large crowds, told cultured tales, folklore, and sagas, with great wit, wisdom, poise, and expression. They understood the impact of words and the indelible impressions stories leave on our souls. They knew storytelling was and continues to be a primal form of our survival: educating, healing, uniting, and connecting us.