Indigenous Story Program
We work with communities who have a rich tradition of storytelling and passing on wisdom from one generation to the next. These are oral cultures, and as such, in our modern world their traditional stories and knowledge are in danger of being lost with the elder generation. We will interview elders and capture their stories in video and written form. These may be folktales once told around the fire or perspectives that the elders can tell us about their own lives in earlier times, their pathways, their practices. Students will participate in the interviews, which will strengthen their connection to their own heritage, and we will publish the stories in English and the native language. The books will go in our libraries, with ebooks widely available.
Our goal is to preserve, celebrate, and share these stories and traditional knowledge. We also believe that cultures who have lived close to nature have much to teach the rest of the world.
MAASAI STORY PROJECT
BEGINNING IN 2024
In the Maasai Project, students will interview elders in the wildlife regions of the Maasai Mara (from Aitong to Sekenani) who are still living a pastoral way of life. The stories will be published in Maa and English.
AMAZIGH STORY PROJECT
The Amazigh Project will take place in southeastern Morocco. Many of the families here lived as nomads not long ago, and some still do today. The stories will be published in Tamazight and English.