As revealed in the earliest recorded history, theater reflects the time and place of its origins. The creations of theater artists come from perceptions of nature, from relationships and interactions with others, and from the artists' inner selves. Through storytelling and other oral traditions, cultures define themselves and educate their members down through the ages. In contemporary and historical commemorations, celebrations, and dramatizations, theater gives voice to culture. It continues to serve many social functions, providing a powerful multisensory mirror reflecting social issues, challenges, and accomplishments.