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Share Your Story

Coastal Voices seeks to understand the relationship between people, land, and water in Louisiana. Storytelling is one way to put human voices to this relationship, while manuscripts, photographs, drawings, maps, and artifacts add texture to these voices.

You are invited to share your own story, manuscript, photograph, drawing, map, or artifact with Coastal Voices.

With your consent, many of your submissions will be featured in the Our Stories section of Coastal Voices.

 

 
 
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To help organize your thoughts, you are encouraged to focus your story on a PERSON, PLACE, or THING. Is there a PERSON that everyone should know about? Is there a PLACE that is important to you? Is there a THING that represents what it means to live on land and with water?

Feel free to include multiple forms of storytelling (voice recording and photograph, drawing and manuscript, etc.) when you make your submission. And always provide a description of your submission in the “Message” section of the WeTransfer portal.

 
 

Please follow a few simple guidelines.

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Voice Recordings – Mobile phone technology makes it easy to record your voice or someone else’s voice. But before you hit “record,” please ensure that you are in a quiet place away from busy roadways, air conditioners, lawn mowers, loud neighbors, or any other outside noise that might detract from the sound quality. Audio files should be in mp3 or wav formats. Stories should be 3 minutes or less.

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Manuscripts – The written word is a powerful form of storytelling. You are invited to write your own story, in your own hand, from your own memory. Or perhaps you have a historic document produced by someone else that speaks to the relationship between people, land, and water. Manuscripts should be no more than one page in length. A high-resolution scan of the manuscript is preferred. You can also take a high-resolution photograph of the manuscript, but do your best to center the photograph and avoid shadows, glares, and blurs. Image files should be in jpeg, jpg, tif, tiff, or pdf format. Provide a brief description of the manuscript in the “Message” section of the WeTransfer portal

Drawings – Children draw all the time. Adults? Not so much. We invite you to share a drawing that speaks to your relationship with people, and, and water. A high-resolution scan of the drawing is preferred. You can also take a high-resolution photograph of the drawing, but do your best to center the photograph and avoid shadows, glares, and blurs. Provide a brief description of the drawing in the “Message” section of the WeTransfer portal.

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Maps – Maps help us orient ourselves to the world around us. They also tell us where we’ve been or where we want to go. Scan or draw a map of a place that is significant to you or that demonstrates the transformative qualities of Louisiana’s delta and coast. A high-resolution scan of the map is preferred. You can also take a high-resolution photograph of the map, but do your best to center the photograph and avoid shadows, glares, and blurs. Provide a brief description of the map in the “Message” section of the WeTransfer portal.

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Artifacts – Objects in the landscape and in our lives are silent witnesses to the world in which we inhabit. Big enough to ride or small enough to grasp, these objects hold a place in our memories and speak to the changing contours of life on land and with water. Take a photograph of an artifact that is important to you and provide a brief description in the “Message” section of the WeTransfer portal.

 
 

 

The LSU Institutional Review Board has determined that Coastal Voices does not require formal IRB approval.

 
 
 
  1. Study Title: Coastal Voices

  2. Performance Site: Coastal Voices website

  3. Contacts: The following investigator is available for questions about the study, M-F 8:30am-4:30pm Michael Pasquier, 225-578-2271, mpasquier@lsu.edu

  4. Purpose of Study: The purpose of this study is to examine issues related to the history and culture of coastal Louisiana.

  5. Subject Inclusion: Individuals over 18 years of age who do not report psychological or neurological conditions.

  6. Subjects: Unlimited

  7. Study Procedures: Subjects will share their stories of life in coastal Louisiana and the unique issues facing the environment and culture of the region.

  8. Benefits: The study may yield valuable information about the diversity and richness of life in Louisiana.

  9. Risks: There is no known risk. Participants are encouraged to share only information that they wish for the public to know.

  10. Right to Refuse: Subjects may choose not to participate or to withdraw from the study at any time without penalty or loss of any benefit to which they might otherwise be entitled.

  11. Privacy: Results of the study, including names of the subjects, may be included in programs including but not limited to books, articles, essays, slide-tape shows, audio and video documentaries, Internet publications, and exhibits. Subjects may request anonymity and attach restrictions on usage of materials when they submit their stories via WeTransfer.

 

You may direct additional questions regarding study specifics to Dr. Michael Pasquier, (225) 578-2271, mpasquier@lsu.edu. If you have questions about subjects’ rights or other concerns, you can contact Dennis Landin, Chairman, LSU Institutional Review Board, (225) 578-8692, irb@lsu.edu, www.lsu.edu/irb.

By sharing your story, you are giving your consent to participate in the study.