Student Digital Storytelling

Spirit Lake Nation Digital Storytelling for the National Library of Medicine’s “Native Voices” Travelling Exhibit Overview 

nDigiDreams, LL was hired to assist the Spirit Lake Nation digital storytellers with the creation of a 3-5 minute digital story each (for more information, visit www.ndigidreams.com).  Co-facilitators Brenda Manuelito (Navajo) and Carmella Rodriguez have co-created over 1200 digital stories across Indian Country and have extensive expertise and skill working with digital storytellers from all age groups and with all levels of computer experience. Examples of digital stories can be found at the above website under “Stories.”  

The digital stories are the sole property of the digital storyteller and, with permission, will be shared with The National Library of Medicine “Native Voices” Exhibit. 

 

Jada Longie

Alonzo Chico

Allura LaRoque

Delia Whiteman

Eunice Davidson

Moriah Thompson

Carol Greywater

Myron Wanna

What is Digital Storytelling?

Digital storytelling emerged as a grassroots movement in the early 1990s. It uses new digital tools to help diverse people create personal narratives that are powerfully compelling and emotionally engaging. It is a community-based, learner-centered approach that combines first person narrative with digital images and music. Digital stories provide alternative views and perspectives that demystify stereotyped representations about indigenous peoples.  The 2-5 minute personal narratives are being created by numerous individuals including family members, health specialists, educators, artists, traditional healers, and tribal leaders and include stories being created by youth, adults and elders from our reservations, villages, pueblos, and urban centers. Digital stories can be used:

  • to educate local communities and tribal leaders about critical social, environmental and policy issues 
  • to improve the provision and quality of health care; 
  • to increase health communication and health literacy of rural and underserved individuals and communities; 
  • to increase minority student recruitment and retention in health professional schools and tribal colleges and universities; 
  • to train health service providers, policymakers, and educators; and 
  • to restore and reclaim our unique and varied cultures, languages and histories. 

Through the first-hand creation of a personal digital story, workshop participants are given the opportunity to reflect, share, heal, and commit oneself to new actions and behaviors that will create social change and justice for the betterment of Native peoples.