Storytellers’ workshop begins next week


The Northern Marianas Humanities Council is hosting a storytellers’ workshop for all CNMI youth in high school and college, including incoming students. Facilitators for the workshop are poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and photographer Daniel Lin.

Jetnil-Kijiner is a poet, writer, performance artist, and climate change activist from the Marshall Islands who was selected to address the opening ceremony of the 2014 Climate Change Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York. She is the founder of Jo-Jikum, an environmental non-profit organization in the Marshall Islands, and recently published a book of poems, Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter.

Lin is on a life-long journey to discover what it truly means to be a citizen of the world. His love for travel and focus on photojournalism has led him on extensive visits to the Pacific Islands and Asia, working on issues pertaining to climate change, culture, and youth. Lin currently lives in Hawaii where he is the senior research and policy specialist for Pacific Resources for Education and Learning. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic and the Associated Press.

The workshop is set for July 24-27 at the Marianas High School library from 9am to 12pm. Its goals are to empower youth to learn and use media and storytelling as tools for discovering the value of place and adaptation in their places. Participants will learn how to promote local, regional, and global awareness about important issues in the CNMI through poems or written stories using various media platforms.

Seating is limited to 25 participants, so interested students are encouraged to register ahead of time. To register or for more information about the workshop, call Eulalia V. Arriola at 235-4785 or send an e-mail to

The workshop is sponsored by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with Marianas High School. It is free of charge.

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