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Digital Storytelling

Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translation Research

Digital 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.

The 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.

We present here several examples of recent efforts along these lines by Native people.

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
Jody DeVault
  • 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 ​


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