Activity #21

Street View Stories

What To Do

Create a Street View Story

 

How To Do It

Step 1:

Think about a meaningful place in your life or in your family history.

 

Step 2:
Type in the address into: https://www.instantstreetview.com
 

Step 3:

Take a screenshot of the place, save it to your computer or device, print it out, or click the “share” link.

 
Step 4:

Write a caption to accompany your screenshot. Explain why this place is important to you.

 

Step 5:

Review the submission guidelines and send in your picture and caption to our Tumblr.

 

Step 6:

Share the picture of your place and description with a friend or family member. Ask them about a place that is significant to them.

 

Step 7:

Check out our Street View Stories page to see your submission along with other's stories.

 

 

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The Place I Miss Most In the World

“The cemetery is where a lot of my ancestors were buried. My mum used to take us out there when we were little. We'd hang out at the cemetery and go down to the beach... I swear that beach has the best waves in the world, and it's practically deserted, there's never anyone else on it. I never realised how much I loved this place or how important it was to me until I left it behind. When I first moved to the US I used to just lay awake longing for it. I longed for all the details, down to the dirty little fish and chip shop just into town with the awesome flake & potato cakes. I've lived in exotic places, I've travelled a lot, but at the end of the day I'm just a dirty little barefoot aussie girl that feels most at home on a beach eating fish' n' chips.”

 

 

 

 

How Is This Family History?

 

The Western Apache believe that wisdom can be found in our connection with places. “Wisdom sits in places,” an old Apache man once said, “It’s like the water that never dries up. You need to drink water to stay alive, don’t you? Well, you also need to drink from places.” The Western Apache are a people who know their landscape and its history so intimately, who feel a connection so strongly, that they can simply speak in place-names to one another and convey an entire world of meaning. Just uttering the name of a place can, for example, evoke a story, a warning, a legend, a joke.

 

They believe we must remember everything about our places. We must learn their names. We must remember what happened at them long ago. We must think about it and keep on thinking about it… “then your mind will become smoother and smoother. Then you will see danger before it happens. You will walk a long way and live a long time. Then, you will be wise.”

 

 

To read more about the Western Apache’s connection to places check out Keith Basson’s book Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache.

 

 

 

Make Places.

Make History.