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:


Greater than Code podcast #246: Digital Democracy and Indigenous Storytelling with Rudo Kemper

On this episode, @rudokemper of @DigiDem talks about leading the indigenous-requested and indigenous-led open source project, Terrastories, which helps people capture and record oral history so that it is preserved and not lost over time.

Mae Beale and Using Open Source for Good (Sustain Podcast)

Sustain Podcast: Today, you will find out about Mae’s involvement and the many hats that she wears working for True Link Financial, Title Track Michigan, and Ruby for Good. Also, we learn about some of the projects she’s built and others she’s involved in, which are Mutual Aid, Voices of Consent, and Terrastories.

Today: Launch of Earth Defenders Toolkit (featuring Terrastories!)

Today, Digital Democracy launches the Earth Defenders Toolkit, a collaborative space for earth defenders and their allies.


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

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