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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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Storytelling at Marae Arahurahu

Guests streamed up the dirt road and wound through trees and flowers to the site of the performance. The bleachers ...
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The Heiva festival launches our journey

The Heiva i Tahiti runs for weeks. It is the largest, splashiest cultural festival in French Polynesia, and people come ...
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Overlooking Nuku Hiva, very green with small road below

Nuku Hiva overview

An overview of somewhere new. Getting ready to explore Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia. Do you see the road down ...
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Takume atoll with palms in background, but you can see underwater

Harsh paradise

Many outsiders think of these islands, the coral atolls of French Polynesia, as paradise, but there is no escaping the ...
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