An initiative to collect and share stories from around the region is getting under way. A group called Pacific Resources for Education and Learning has launched the Pacific Storytellers Cooperative.
It’s an internet platform for stories from around the Pacific to be uploaded and shared with a global audience. The cooperative is accepting stories, videos, pictures, and poems from across the region and organizers say the goal is bridge the gap between oral history and the digital world.
The project originated when Daniel Lin, Manager of the Pacific Storytellers Cooperative (and a regular contributor to National Geographic and the Associated Press, as well as a crew member on Hōkūleʻa's Worldwide Voyage), saw a need for an accessible and inclusive digital storytelling platform.
The Pacific Storytellers Cooperative is currently supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to PREL. The Cooperative anticipates seeking additional funding sources within the coming year.
The project website is available at storytellers.prel.org.