Orality – traveling stories. From Teach Africa World Affairs Council of Houston. The Griot (pronounced “Gree-OH”) is a storyteller and oral historian in West African culture. They are the social memory of the community and the holder of the word. The Griot is the keeper of facts and important events of his time. It is their responsibility to pass this knowledge on to future generations. As well as that of past times passed down to them by their ancestors.