The objective of this project is to promote cultural awareness and the preservation of indigenous cultures specifically by showcasing the language, music, dancing, storytelling, and sport via photography, interviews, written/spoken word, and videos. It is a collaborative place to showcase, promote, and preserve our living cultures and stave off cultural extinction. I've already amassed a huge amount of media in the field, and now need the time/help to put it together.
In summary, what is your “Made on Coboat” project idea (max. 3 sentences)?
The www.preservingcultures.com web site has been created, but needs to be fleshed out with the various media that I've gathered throughout the past 6 years of travel and working with aboriginal/indigenous peoples. It scares me that I have so much great footage that has not been properly showcased and shared. I am looking for help in the way of TIME & constructive feedback. Goal is to get the project up and running so that it can be marketed and have a life of its own after the Coboat experience.
How much of your project can you realistically achieve in 100 days if you will get the chance to stay on the Coboat?
Realistically, I hope to complete a minimum of 25 cultures, averaging 4 days per culture. This would include selecting/editing photos, writing up descriptions, editing video interviews, and making it all look good on the site. This would be a fantastic start to what I believe will be my lifelong project.
Will you complete this project on your own, or will you be working with a together with a team?
I will be able to complete this first part of the project on my own. However, it will be a growing endeavor, so there will continue to be additional work added after the Coboat experience. Specifically, I have various contributors working around the world whose stories/photos/videos of indigenous groups I'll be adding after I get up the initial batch of 25.
Why should your project be chosen?
Quite frankly, it's alarming how quickly we are losing our distinct cultures, and once they are gone, they are gone. It's of the utmost importance to document what we have, to inspire the next generation to carry on the culture and traditions, and to keep them alive. I am truly dedicated to the project, and can ensure its success. I will do this whether I am chosen for Coboat or not. I feel this project speaks to many and would benefit greatly with feedback and further ideas from my Coboat team.
What does this project mean to you?
It is my life's calling. I've spent the past several years working with indigenous cultures around the world: from the San Bushmen of Namibia, to the Squamish First Nation of British Columbia, Canada, to the Maori of the North Island of New Zealand, the reindeer herders of Sapmi. I have done my research, and there is no one place to go to see all of these cultures represented. Via this site's images and stories, I'd like to capture diverse cultures but also find the commonality between people.
Why do you want to do this project?
I have a strong passion to not only learn about, promote, and share other cultures through digital storytelling, but to empower the next generation to be stewards of their culture. Originally submitted this idea for a Fulbright scholarship, and, while I didn't receive the grant, they did encourage me to continue this work because of its importance. I've worked with the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance on several projects, as well as with Aboriginal Tourism BC, and Pacific Asia Indigenous Tours.
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No. All images are my own.
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your professional background. How do you fit into a team? What have you done before within the field of your idea?
I'm an award-winning writer and photographer who produces content for various publications such as The Guardian, Seattle Times, Travel Weekly, and more. I've been featured as a travel expert on MSN, CBS Travel, and BBC’s “The World” on NPR and PRI, I run Kristen Gill Media (www.kristengillmedia.com), am a Board Member of Travel Massive, grew up Irish Dancing and became a World Champion Irish Dancer, which first instilled my love of travel & cultural traditions. I can teach ya'll a jig on board!