Bridging the Pacific with Native Voices Bridging the Pacific with Native Voices is an ongoing project event that is held in conjunction with the CISA Storytelling Festivals and Symposia: Building Cultural Bridges -- Continuing the Dialogue.
This project, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts(NEA), encompasses a series of events featuring indigenous storytellers from California and Hawaii in a cultural exchange.
CISA’s events greatly contribute to the revitalization of indigenous oral traditions by providing forums for our under-served indigenous communities. The forums in this project will provide a time for Native storytellers to share their stories so that they may learn from each other, discuss issues and pass stories on to new generations as they educate the larger public community.
Ultimately, our project is forming bridges between cultures, finding places of common history, worldview and contemporary experiences through the sharing of stories—leading to healthier communities.
In 2009, The Indigenous Storytellers Gathering was held as part of a long range effort to gather storytellers from across the Pacific and the Pacific coast of North America.
Community representatives from throughout the Pacific and the Pacific coast of North America, including New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California participated in the event.
The Conference gathered tellers together with the goal of enlivening and perpetuating the connections and traditions of Indigenous storytellers throughout the region.
To view “Bridging the Pacific with Native Voices” an 8 minute video produced by CISA about the Native Voices Across the Pacific: Indigenous Storytellers Gathering click below: