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Peace Tales at the United Nations in New York, January 30, 2004

Peace Tales give voice to peace, kindness, compassion and hope. By sharing stories, poetry and music gathered from around the world and recorded on compact disc, Peace Tales reveal surprising solutions to common conflicts in homes, schools and communities through the magic of story.

New Mexico bilingual storyteller Sarah Malone, recorded the CD Holding Up the Sky: Peace Tales for Kids, drawing on tales from diverse folk traditions, storytellers and writers. Stories reflect cultures from many lands - Africa, China, Germany, India, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, the Southwestern United States and Appalachia. A variety of musical accompaniment to the stories makes for a delightful listening experience. Distributed under the auspices of a nonprofit organization, 100% of profits from CD sales were donated to the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, an agency that serves women and children affected by armed conflict; and Peace Talks Radio - a forum for peacemaking and nonviolent solutions.

As of May 2012, the umbrella agency for Peace Tales is closing, drawing an end to the "Peace Tales Project" as well. Sarah Malone continues to be available as a storyteller for listeners of all ages - young and old alike - providing both peace tales and other stories drawn from worldwide storytelling traditions as well as from her life experience. A limited number of Peace Tales CDs continue to be available directly from the storyteller.


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Peace Tales Highlights

  • Winner of Storytelling World Resource Award, 2004 for "The Tale of Mussa and Nagib," selected from over 3,000 entries that year.
  • Sarah was Featured Speaker at the Committee to Teach about the United Nations, New York, 2004.
  • The New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers awarded Sarah Malone the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Award for 2004, citing her many accomplishments in the field of social work, including her volunteer work in creating the Peace Tales project.
  • Classroom Curriculum Guide to accompany the Holding Up The Sky CD, with sales also benefitting peace causes (out of print).
  • Plowshares: Inspired by the success of Peace Tales, a troupe of four storytellers forms in 2005.
  • Peace Tales donated $36,000 for peace causes from 2004 - 2012: Half each to Peace Talks Radio and The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children
  • Additional Donations: $3,000 for a women's development project in Zambia in Sub-Saharan Southeast Africa, $1,000 for Peace Houses in Viet Nam, and $500 for a rural New Mexico food pantry.
  • May 2012 - The Peace Tales project draws to an end, with storyteller, Sarah Malone, continuing her storytelling in the community.