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Learning stories, learning community

There are a couple of really wonderful programs in the Twin Cities of MN (St. Paul and Minneapolis), where young people learn leadership skills through learning media production. The Summer Media Institute of Migizi Communications is one such program: “We were originally founded to train American Indian journalists to tell their stories from their own …

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Story without words

Here’s a great digital story that tells a story without really using words. Yes, there’s a song going on in the background which deepens and layers meaning, but to the extent that there is a narrative it’s one that you, as the person who engages the video, helps to create.

A train of hope

Here’s a powerful short video story about a group of women who regularly prepare and offer food to the people clinging to the sides of freight trains as they seek passage into the US from Mexico.

More than that

A recent Diane Sawyer special, Children of the Plains, prompted a group of school kids in the Todd Country School District (which serves the Rosebud Sioux Reservation), to create this alternative digital short telling their own stories: (Hat tip to Dakota O’Leary unplugged)