Handheld Stories to Teach the Power of Storytelling to Children of Lakota Reservation - Local Charity Holds Auction to Bring Unique Curriculum to Pine Ridge

February 18, 2016

DELRAY BEACH, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL - 2/18/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) -- Handheld Stories, a small local non-profit, is planning to bring a film workshop to the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota this summer. A team of educators and filmmakers will guide youth leaders through the elements of documentary film. After learning storyboarding, camera technique, editing and finally how to upload their short films to social media, the kids will have a sense of empowerment that comes from being heard. Handheld is partnering with Lakota non-profit, Thunder Valley CDC, which President Obama praised as “inspiring a new beginning for Pine Ridge.” Thunder Valley, an organization founded in principles of community sustainability and self-efficacy, will take charge of the video and editing equipment at the completion of the workshop so the kids can continue to share their unique perspectives with the world.

Handheld Stories has brought workshops to Nepal, the Middle East, and even to the slums that served as the backdrop for the movie, Slumdog Millionaire. “We chose this location based on the same criteria that led us to international communities,” says Handheld Stories Director Allegra Hamilton. “Media coverage portrays tribal communities as a collection of statistics. Pine Ridge was known for Sitting Bull and Wounded Knee; now it’s known for the legacy of those things: poverty, suicide, and substance abuse. Today we hear nothing about the context, or what has meaning for the people who live there. That experience is what Handheld tries to bring to light.”

A silent auction will be held at 1118 East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Guests who drop in on Thursday, March 17 between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM will be treated to complimentary hors d’oeuvres in the Bistro’s lovely outdoor dining and cocktail space. They will also have the chance to bid on local dining, spa, and entertainment packages, an array of film-related goods and services, and limited edition prints from photographer Guy Brooksbank’s international portfolio (visit ). An RSVP through will garner a free raffle ticket for partygoers.

About Handheld Stories

Handheld Stories believes that the right to free speech should encompass the right to be heard and uses the power of new media to make that possible for communities worldwide who might not otherwise have a voice. As technology increasingly informs a global conversation, Handheld Stories brings documentary film equipment and education to underrepresented communities and promotes personal narratives through online platforms like YouTube and Facebook. To see community members' films from India, Nepal, and the Middle East or to learn more about us, visit

About Thunder Valley

Thunder Valley CDC is a Native American led 501(c)3 non-profit organization on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that is building a Regenerative Community that goes beyond bricks and mortar.  Through grassroots collaboration with Lakota youth and families, this organization is disrupting the status quo by creating models of change that will overpower intergenerational poverty and build momentum towards regional equity. Every program and initiative launched by Thunder Valley CDC is rooted in maintaining a triple-bottom line of People, Planet, and Prosperity, in which all three are held in equal standing.

Auction Goods and Services

Oglala Lakota Tribe Original Artwork including a star quilt

Digital Media Accessories

Video Editing Packages from – Dubai

Framed and Unframed Limited Edition Prints from

Accessories and Certificates From Local Boutiques and Restaurants

Spa Packages

Sun and Surf Items and Entertainment

Crowd Funding Link

Assets – Photographs

Dropbox Folder


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