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:


Developing Terrastories, for college credit: on building open-source software for a summer course at WUSTL

An interview with Lucas, Katherine, and Oliver, incoming juniors at WUSTL who spent their summer volunteering on building Terrastories.

GEO Indigenous Hack4Covid: Terrastories is Preserving History Using Storytelling and Geo-mapping

Originally posted on Space in Africa, here. In June 2020, 146 participants from 33 countries participated in the GEO indigenous Hack4covid event. In this series, we will profile the four winning teams from the contest and their projections.  One of the winning ideas is the Terrastories map, which aims to help in the transmission of knowledge …

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A very happy #Hacktoberfest for Terrastories and the Ruby community 🎃

It’s been almost a year and a half since I became acquainted with a wonderful community of open-source Ruby developers. At the time, I was scurrying from one corporate office to another, trying to find the right party to build a geostorytelling application for my organization, the Amazon Conservation Team...


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

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.