ABOUT THE TEAM
A LITTLE HISTORY...
Mapping indigenous oral histories: The project to develop this application was initiated by the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), an organization which partners with indigenous and other traditional communities in the Amazon rainforest to help them protect their ancestral lands and maintain their traditional culture. In 2017, ACT realized the need to develop a custom interactive mapping application designed for mapping and safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage expressed in indigenous place-based oral histories, which are at risk of disappearing.
The first version of the application was built at Ruby for Good 2018 for a Surinamese community called the Matawai. ACT is also using Terrastories to map oral histories with the Wauja in Brazil and the Kogui in Colombia. Currently, the Terrastories development team is planning to finish a public SaaS ("Software as a Service") version. Terrastories is a free and open-source (FOSS) application and we are looking forward to working with communities across the world in helping them use Terrastories, as recently undertaken in Ontario, Canada.