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SXSW Interactive 2013

Training the Next 7 Generations of Storytellers

The storytelling tradition is strong within Native cultures, however, traditions and languages are still being lost with every generation. Over half of the Native American population is under the age of 25 and almost 80% live in urban areas away from Reservations. One of the ways to make sure these cultures continue is to empower the next generation of Native storytellers to tell their stories in ways that engage their peers as well as mainstream society. This panel of accomplished Native American media makers and educators will share their experience with training Native youth in digital storytelling. Learn lessons for engaging and teaching youth in your communities. Learn what it takes to be a good storyteller in the 21st century.

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  1. What are some of the best practices for powerful digital storytelling?
  2. How can teachers and trainers get young people excited about telling the story of their culture/community? How can culturally appropriate educational experiences and the inclusion of Native media in other disciplines have a positive impact on a student's overall academic performance?
  3. What role does media play in making sure that languages get passed down to the next generation? How are people using media in language preservation?
  4. How can trainers reduce costs, so that even poor communities can train their youth?
  5. How can teachers and trainers learn from those they teach?



Eric Martin, Interactive Media Specialist, NAPT

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  • Tags: storytelling
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Culture and Entertainment
  • Level: Beginning
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