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:


Open-source volunteerism and oral histories mapping, during a pandemic: Terrastories 2020 in review 🌏💬

In the spirit of sharing positive stories to end a bleak year, I would like to tell you about some of the major highlights for Terrastories in 2020 that we achieved in spite of the pandemic.

Terrastories to be included as a featured tool in the Earth Defenders’ Toolkit

Terrastories will be included in the Earth Defenders' Toolkit as one of the first of three featured tools, along with Digital Democracy's Mapeo and Forest Peoples Programme's Community Lands.

Terrastories at the 2020 Indigenous Mapping Workshop (November 16)

We are thrilled to announce that Terrastories will be featured at this year's 2020 Indigenous Mapping Workshop (online)! 🎉🎉🎉 On Monday, December 16 at 3pm EST we will host a 45 minute technical session on how Terrastories works for attendees of #2020IMW.


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.