Digital Storytelling for First Nations, Tribes, Communities and Families

Interested in having one of these sessions shared as a presentation or workshop for your organization? Many breakout sessions are available as 3 hour workshops, 1 hour interactive videoconferences, and downloadable podcasts. Learn more, view upcoming schedules, and find download links on

Workshop Description: Digital storytelling in museums, libraries, galleries, and other public spaces can provide new insights into people, places, and objects, as well as build deeper connections with visitors. Digital stories can help interpret exhibits, promote activities, document projects, expand community histories, and augment curriculum. This workshop will view different examples of digital storytelling, how museums and libraries are incorporating digital stories, and explore free tools that are available to get started creating and publishing digital stories. Options for creating digital stories in software programs like PhotoStory3 and iMovie will be addressed. Participants will learn about various websites that support digital storytelling, learn about types of audio and video equipment, and learn how to access tutorials and additional resources.

This full day workshop is scheduled to be shared by Wesley Fryer on June 4, 2012, at the 2012 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A partially completed version of this workshop curriculum in two different eBook formats is available currently. Please check back soon for the final, completed version.

Creative Commons License

These materials by Wesley A. Fryer are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Contact details for Wesley are available.


  1. Rich Digital Legacy: Preservation of Priceless Stories Forever
  2. History textbooks are incomplete
  3. Opportunity costs for digital sharing are small or zero
  4. What's Your Story? The Importance of Telling the Stories of Your Photos by Margaret Nan Harkey
  5. Cyndi Danner-Kuhn: Why Celebrate Kansas Voices?


Categories as well as websites with digital storytelling examples are listed on the TalkWithMedia wiki (from The Learning 2.010 Shanghai Conference)

  1. The Cherokee Language, The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Story, The Curse of Chief Cornstalk, Todd's First Dance (all from Celebrate Oklahoma Voices)
  2. Storychasers statewide projects: Celebrate Oklahoma Voices, Celebrate Kansas Voices, Celebrate Texas Voices
  3. "California of the Past" -- stories of Japanese American Relocation and Internment (San Leandro Library, CA)
  4. The Densho Project: Japanese Internment
  5. Telling Their Stories (Urban School of San Francisco)
  6. First Voices Project (Canada)
  7. Google Earth Place Name Tours of Montana Tribes (contact: Jeff Crews)
  8. Digital Story Station (Media Arts Center San Diego) - Native American Stories
  9. Center for Digital Storytelling (YouTube channel)
  10. Alaska Skool: Alaska Native History, Education, Languages and Cultures

If you find or know of other digital storytelling projects which should be included on this list, please share them by submitting this Google form.

By the People (not just the professionals)

  1. Storycorps
  2. Veterans History Project (U.S. Library of Congress)
  3. Prosumer versus Professional Equipment
  4. Battery powered versus Rechargeable

Open CC Web Sharing

  1. Digital accessibility
  2. Creative Commons
  3. YouTube Captions: Viewing videos with captions and Adding/Editing Captions on Videos

Planning, Storyboarding and Interviewing

  1. Storyboard Resources from DigiTales (Bernajean Porter)
  2. Great Questions List (Storycorps)


  1. "Digital Backpack" recommendations from Storychasers
  2. Digital voice recorders - Sony ICD-PX312 & iRig
  3. Computer microphones
  4. Audio Recording Buyer's Guide from First Voices Project
  5. Why mobile touch devices are revolutionary for digital storytellers / citizen journalists


  1. Audacity
  2. iMovie
  3. PhotoStory and Windows MovieMaker
  4. More Software Links from Storychasers
  5. No-Edit Audio Sharing: Cinch, AudioBoo, SoundCloud
  6. Handbrake (rip DVDs to editable video files)

iPad Apps

  1. iMovie ($5)
  2. Explain Everything ($3)
  3. On Air (free)
  4. PhotoSync ($2)
  5. GarageBand ($5)
  6. Book Creator ($5)
  7. Story Kit (free)

Remixing and Copyright

  1. Chapter on Copyright from "Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing"

Publishing Platforms

  1. YouTube - YouTube Program for NonProfits - YouTube Guide: Playbook for Good (PDF)
  2. Vimeo
  4. Ning (Big current disadvantage: Flash format only)
  5. Custom Websites (Wordpress, others)

Enhanced / MultiMedia eBooks

  1. Workshop curriculum / resources

Mobile Apps

  1. Example iOS apps from The First Voices project
  2. iBuildApp
  3. TheAppBuilder
  4. BuzzTouch

Other Resources

  1. Wesley's book: "Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing"
  2. iPad Media Camp (July 11, 12 & 13, 2012, in Oklahoma City)
  3. Resources on audio, image, copyright links and more from Storychasers
  4. Archivematica is a free and open-source digital preservation system that is designed to maintain standards-based, long-term access to collections of digital objects
  5. Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of collaborating to revitalize indigenous languages
  6. Alec Couros (working with First Nations in Canada on oral history / digital storytelling)

Contact Wesley Fryer

  1. Twitter: @wfryer
  2. Electronic contact info & phone
Playing with Media