The magazine is an outreach platform for Terralingua, an international NGO based on Salt Spring Island, dedicated to making the connection between language and ecology.
The Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle is gathering stories from Indigenous youth around the world about (re)connection with their languages, cultures, and lands.
All stories are posted online, and at the end of the year will be published in a double issue of the magazine.
The call for contributions can be found here.
Call for Contributions: Share Your Story with the World!
An invitation to young Indigenous people ages 18 to 30
All across the world, young Indigenous people like you are taking the lead in showing ways to live respectfully on Earth. Your languages, your cultures, and your homelands bear the wisdom of generations of ancestors and of your community now — and they have helped make you who you are today. Your people’s wisdom and your own personal experiences are priceless gifts full of much-needed inspiration for the rest of the world. .
We at Terralingua — the world’s leading nonprofit organization devoted to promoting and protecting biocultural diversity — believe that a great way to share these gifts is through personal stories of how young Indigenous people are connecting with their ancestral languages, cultural traditions, and land-based knowledge and practices. That is why we have created the Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle, a global online gathering of those stories — and we invite you to be a part of it!
Four Focus Areas
The Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle is a year-long project linked to Terralingua’s flagship publication, Langscape Magazine. We aim to collect and publish personal stories from people ages 18–30 who are involved with one or more of the following four Focus Areas:
- reaffirming cultural identity
- breathing new life into their ancestral languages
- reconnecting with traditional knowledge and practices, values, and ways of life
- reclaiming ancestral links with the land
The Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle is recognized as an official project of the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages, so your story has the potential to reach a global audience.
If you are an Indigenous person aged 18–30 and would like to tell about your experiences connecting to your ancestral languages, cultures, and lands, we want to hear from you!
Interested? Here’s How You Can Submit Your Story to the Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle!
- See some examples of Indigenous youth stories we’ve already published.
- Read below about the formats your contribution can take.
- Fill out the form below. (Some stories are created by several youth; choose one person to fill out the form.)
- We’ll send you instructions for sending your story, depending on its format.
- Writing (essay, poem, short fiction, song lyrics, a podcast script, etc.; up to 2,000 words)
- Photography (photoessay with up to 10 pictures, each with a descriptive caption that, altogether, tell a story)
- Video, including animation (up to 5 minutes long)
- Audio recording, spoken story (up to 5 minutes long)
- Audio recording, music (original songs or other music; up to 5 minutes long)
- Digital representations of painting, drawing, cartoons, or other visual art
- Multimedia: a complementary combination of formats