Storybases – Distance is not an issue

 

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http://www.storybases.org/

The goal of this site is a global initiative to allow groups that are physically separated to share their own oral history.  What I found interesting about this site is that is so simple yet effective.  There is a saying that once an elder dies that a library burns down.  It just makes sense to put these important aspects of culture into a digital form so that they are preserved and available for future generations.  Each story is a connection to the past that should not be lost. This project is gathering stories from Mali, Peru, Canada and Ethiopia and teaches people how to continue taking their own stories.  This give the power to the people creating the stories and allows them to be interpreted in the way that they see fit and allow them to become part of global culture.  I find this idea to be both a benefit to those wanting to understand these cultures better and empowering to the cultures themselves

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