Trouble the Water 2014

The Trouble the Water Project (TWP) will illustrate the power of storytelling by transforming stories of sorrow and tragedy into a reservoir of knowledge

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Trouble the Water:
Building a Reservoir of Local Knowledge from Cultural Conversations on Hurricane Sandy, Traditions, Work, and Resilience

In response to Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impact on the eastern shore of Staten Island, the Trouble the Water Project (TWP) will illustrate the power of storytelling by transforming stories of sorrow and tragedy into a reservoir of knowledge that will strengthen community ties and create cultural conversations about preparedness. Through interviews and community organizing, the TWP will build a reservoir of local knowledge and re-frame Staten Island’s relationship to the water by collecting and disseminating stories from the following knowledge communities: (1) Traditional folktales and songs from the Staten Island’s new immigrant communities that have extensive experience living in water-based environments and negotiating catastrophe (Sri Lankan, Dominican Republic, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Puerto Rico); (2) Oral histories of Hurricane Sandy first responders and survivors; (3) Experience and expertise of Staten Island’s working waterfront community that navigate and protect our waterways (Sandy Hook Pilots, Tug Boat captains, engineers, and the Fisherman Conservation Association of S.I.). This program is sponsored by the National Storytelling Network “Brimstone Award.”

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