storytelling is a process by which people share their life stories and creative
imaginings with others. It represents the modern extension of the ancient art
of storytelling, now interwoven with digitized still and moving images as well
as sound. "Digital storytelling" covers a range of digital narratives
such as web-based stories, interactive stories, hypertexts, and even narrative
computer games. This newer form of storytelling emerged with the advent of
accessible media production techniques, hardware and software, including but
not limited to digital cameras, and digital voice recorders. These new
technologies allow individuals to share their stories over the Internet,
through compact discs, podcasts, and other means of electronic distribution.
Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translational Research
(CAIANDTR) draws upon the wide range of resources within the Centers for American
Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) to offer community-driven training
opportunities in digital storytelling. Our goal is to expose local health
champions to the technologies that may augment their advocacy with respect to diabetes prevention
and treatment. We equip them with the skills to translate their visions for
improved health into powerful messages of hope and action.
present here several examples of recent efforts along these lines by Native
Fred Harden and Linae Bigfire
Health Topic: This story discusses prevention and treatment of diabetes in a local community and describes a local program, Ho-Chunk Hope: A Diabetes Free Future. The story mentions the benefits of the program and why community members should consider getting tested for diabetes.
- Technical Project: Digital Story
Health Topic: This digital story describes how one member of the community has taken control of his diabetes and his health.
- Technical Project (Digital Story): Clem and the Silent Disease