Terrastories Application

Terrastories: an offline-compatible geostorytelling application designed for remote communities

 

Terrastories is a geostorytelling application built to enable local communities to locate and map their own oral storytelling traditions about places of significant meaning or value to them.

Community members can add places and stories through a user-friendly interface, and make decisions about setting certain stories as private or restricted.

Powered by the Mapbox platform, Terrastories is designed to be entirely offline-compatible, so that remote communities can access the application entirely without needing internet connectivity.

Terrastories prototype

Terrastories prototype

The design of Terrastories is being stewarded by the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT). With the support of ACT, Terrastories will be used by the Matawai Maroons in Suriname, the Wauja in Brazil, and the Kogui in Colombia to map oral histories about their sacred and ancestral sites, former settlements, and other places of significance.

The building of Terrastories was initiated at Ruby for Good 2018. The application is still under development, and we are aiming to have a first operational version ready by October 2018 for the Matawai. Later on, we will release a public version that any community anywhere in the world can use to map their own place-based storytelling traditions.

Terrastories is open-source and contributions are welcome! Join us on Github or in the Ruby for Good Slack #terrastories channel.

If you are interested in using Terrastories or learning more about the application, contact Rudo Kemper at rkemper@amazonteam.org.

Matawai elder showing an important historical place along the Saramacca River in Suriname.

Matawai elder pointing out an important ancestral site along the Saramacca River in Suriname during a mapping expedition.

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Kogui mamos being recorded sharing council about the connections between the spiritual and the material at the site of a sacred rock nearby the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia.