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Digital Storytelling

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health

Digital Storytelling is an emerging term, one that arises from a grassroots movement that uses new digital tools to help ordinary people tell their own ‘true stories’ in a compelling and emotionally engaging form.  (from:

Digital storytelling is a way for individuals to share meaningful stories from their lives. Spoken words form the basis; photographs and music are used to add emotional impact. These elements are combined to produce a short (< 10 minutes), personal multimedia work that can be shared electronically.

Staff at the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health have conducted several digital storytelling workshops. 

For example, in August 2009 we worked with a group of youth from various American Indian tribes as they created digital stories to address topics that are important to youth. Topics included:

  • “Youth in my community want others to see their strengths”

  • “A hero in my community is…”

  • “What I appreciate about my culture”

  • “Negative feelings that youth have the most trouble dealing with in my community.”

To learn about other organizations that are involved in digital storytelling, please visit the sites below. (These organizations are not associated with CAIANH, and by clicking the links you will navigate away from the CAIANH Web site.)


University of Houston – Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling:

Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place​
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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