Project along lines of Spielberg’s holocaust stories project to establish an electronic library to upload, record, preserve, and share (audio, video, and written word) the histories of all girl survivors wanting to tell their stories.
Storytelling transforms lives. Stories abound; their impact is often unconstrained. We rely on them every day in every facet of life: art, law, medicine, education, business, and community calls to action, to name a few. Story-telling is as old as humanity itself. It clearly predates recorded history, and we see evidence of its use around the world. Every culture exists, in part, because of the stories others needed to tell. Storytelling opens our minds to new horizons, to the realm of possibility comfortably nestled deep within the dominion of the impossible. Storytelling is powerful. It invites the listener to develop an intimate awareness; it nourishes the imagination. It honors life; like an enlightened awareness, it grooms connection and builds relationships. The stories we tell often exist across many dimensions; their meaning extends from the toils of everyday life to the extravagance of the divine. They embrace power befitting kings, power that transcends time, matter, and space.
Across many indigenous cultures, this power draws from the strength of a circle. The Lakota teach us, “In the Circle, we are all equal. When in the Circle, no one is in front of you. No one is behind you. No one is above you. No one is below you. The Sacred Circle is designed to create unity.” Isn’t that what storytelling does? It unites us. It forges a common bond. The stories tell us who we were, what we knew, where we came from, and where we are going. They reflect our life as it was, and as it is. They give us insights into what life might become. Stories talk to community, in the broadest sense. They explain how life came to be, and why and how we celebrate it. Stories teach. Stories inspire. Stories encourage. Stories motivate. Some stories take but a moment to share; others need generations to express the wonder and majesty of our journey, a journey without beginning or end, a part of the greater whole. Our work—to help girls everywhere find their voice—is a life’s journey that lies somewhere in between.