The contribution presents female storytellers in different periods and social systems. The focus is on three exceptional individuals. The first is Luiza Pesjak, whose work is characterised by literary multilingualism. Then in the post-World War 2 period, the less well-known but important storyteller from Resia, Tïna Wajtawa, whose work is also characterised by literary multilingualism, as well as Indo-European motifs. But the most representative contemporary female storyteller is Svetlana Makarovič, who is known not only for literary intertextuality, but also eclecticism, for she has drawn upon numerous languages, literatures and cultures.