East Coast of Ngerkeklau island by Hiromi Ito AmeCyArk
Ngerkeklau is an island in Palau, renowned for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Amazing archaeological discoveries have been found in Palau, and preservation groups in the country are inspiring new generations of Palauans to understand and care for this heritage.
Megapode and sea turtles of Ngarkeklau Island by Danny KloulechadCyArk
The island provides important nesting grounds for endangered species of Megapode and sea turtles of Hawksbill and Green. The surrounding lagoon provides critical feeding habitats for the turtles and the vulnerable dugong.
Community in Palau on raise pier by Elchung HideyosCyArk
Community Storytelling Workshop
In 2022, StoryCenter held an online workshop for local residents through the U.S. Community Heritage Exchange Initiative.
Elchung Hideyos and other community members in Palau by Elchung HideyosCyArk
Creating the stories
After sharing stories and traditional myths from Palau's past, participants were guided through writing and recording short narration scripts, producing images, and using digital editing tools.
Sailboat in the waters off of Palau by Elchung HideyosCyArk
Listen to the Stories
The simple short videos that emerged are being shared as part of Palauan language preservation and conservation efforts. Listen to the stories of three of the community members below.
Sailing to Reconnect
by Elchung Hideyos
Bekai ma Uel
by Ann Singeo
This project was made possible thanks to support and efforts from the following organizations: The U.S Department of State and StoryCenter