A geostorytelling application designed for communities to safeguard oral histories


Terrastories is a geostorytelling application built to enable indigenous and other local communities to locate and map their own oral storytelling traditions about places of significant meaning or value to them.

Community members can add places and stories through a user-friendly interface, and make decisions about designating certain stories as private or restricted. Built with the Mapbox platform, Terrastories works both online and offline, so that remote communities can access the application entirely without needing internet connectivity.


Terrastories is entirely free and open-source, built with principles of offline-first and data sovereignty, and aligned with the following two UN Sustainable Development Goals:


From the Amazon to the Great Lakes: sharing knowledge with First Nations communities in Canada

Ohneganos Ohnegahdę:gyo is using Terrastories to combine scientific water measurements with traditional ancestral land mapping and recording of Haudenosaunee oral histories.

Aluakumá, the Big Bat: Oral Histories in a Waurá Community

Wauja from the Ulupuene village in the Xingu Indigenous Park, Brazil are taking action to preserve and map their intangible cultural heritage.

Suriname Community Uses New Open-Source App to Preserve Storytelling Traditions

The Matawai of Suriname are breaking ground by using a new app to create an extraordinary repository of traditional knowledge through oral history storytelling.


We are an entirely open-source project that depends on volunteer contributions and donations.

Special thanks to our partners

Beta testers wanted!

Are you interested in building Terrastories for your community, or simply testing it out?


We are actively soliciting feedback on the application functionality and design direction.