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Our commitment is to be curious and to listen. This helps us honour the stories we hear.

Exploring through the power of personal stories

South Pacific Stories is an outsider’s journey into island life. We are traveling to a world defined by the ocean; it’s the home of great navigators and artists, and the site of both historic oppression and modern resurgence. We will learn about life from the people who live here, where islands are so far flung they rarely appear together on one map.

We will listen, follow, and ask the people we meet to choose new sources and locations. The stories you find here will come from those experiences.

This project begins as a scouting mission in the summer of 2018. We will begin in Tahiti, travel through some of the Tuamotus, on to the Marquesas, and back to the Society Islands.

Journalist and storyteller Jennifer Kingsley, the project founder, will work with photographer Eric Guth and filmmaker Matt Mastrantuono.

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Tour de l’ile: Nuku Hiva

The planning was pretty simple: a conversation between me, Eric, and our local contacts Debora and Kimi. We had a ...
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Exploring the town of Taioha’e

The landscape of this island, Nuku Hiva, is so extreme it can be hard to find flat ground. That's why ...
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Getting to know Koueva

Smoke from burning leaves lifted into the morning sky. Two custodians had arrived before us, though it was still early, ...
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The woman who opened the door

Debora Kimitete showed us how to slam the car door correctly, so it wouldn't fly open again. We would spend ...
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