2022, Senior, Interactive & Multimedia
Project Description: My submission is an ArcGIS StoryMap that users can navigate by scrolling. The StoryMap incorporates maps from ArcGIS, images, and data charts from other sources to allow users to find their location and see how their local areas have been affected.Visit StoryMap
I have always been passionate about storytelling because of the power it has to move individuals and connect communities. Many of the folktales I explored before committing to the Umibōzu legend warned people about monsters and the atrocities they committed – but I realized that what we are doing to change the planet is not so different. In the process of creating the StoryMap, I increasingly felt cynical as I realized how disconnected we have become from our environment and the cultural stories of our ancestors. Through this modern mode of storytelling, I intended to reconnect our past legends with modern issues and reveal how hypocritical and ironic our actions and treatment of the environment are. Previously, I thought that legends only gave us insight into how people of older generations viewed natural phenomena and their surroundings. Now, I realize they are cautionary tales about our transformation into monsters.