Welcome to Dolphin Head Story Bridge, a spiral of life where this life-sustaining symbol takes on a heart-shaped living structure. Within this spiral, the forest range embodies the heart's chambers, with each segment pulsating with its rhythm and vitality that is essential for sustaining the community's life force. Like vital valves, the villages regulate the flow of culture and tradition, acting as gatekeepers of wisdom and heritage. Most importantly, the community's stories weave through this living structure like ligaments, creating a network of connections that binds this community together in a tapestry of shared experiences and collective memory. This platform, Dolphin Head Story Bridge, resonates with these elements, mirroring the cosmic dance of life and nature in community storytelling.
MAP OF DOLPHIN HEAD: The above map shows the heart of Dolphin Head, where the land's rhythm reverberates through the lifeblood of its three distinct villages: Kingsvale, Askenish, and Grange Hill. Here, each family, clan, and group weaves together to form the heartbeat of the community, a tapestry of stories pulsating with life. "Our story is the pulse of Dolphin Head. Rooted like the forest itself, our community’s familial bonds run deep, securing us to this land," shares Collett Grant, chairperson of Dolphin Head LFMC and a proud resident of Kingsvale.
In Western Jamaica, Dolphin Head Forest Reserve’s existence interlaces with the ecological sanctuary that this community calls home. Every tree, every frog call, every whisper of palm leaves melds into traditional ways of orienting and grounding, creating a tapestry of symbiosis that is immortalized in this community’s shared history. We are etching a digital spiral of these bonds, embodying the spirit of this community’s enduring connection with this natural refuge.
While the full launch is still in the works, with plans to extend our reach to partnering schools in the diaspora, we invite you to witness the evolution of this project. Our story maps, currently in their nascent stage, will gradually fill with stories from community-sponsored events, capturing the essence of our traditions, crafts, and collective joy. Each event and story adds another layer to our vibrant cultural mosaic.
Join us in this digital celebration of our culture as we patiently lay the groundwork for a launch that promises to bring our community's stories to life, not just for us but for the diaspora and beyond. With each event and each story collected, watch as the map on this site fills with the rich tapestry of our shared history and experiences. Your participation and support are the lifeblood of this project, helping us to weave a bridge of stories that transcends time and space.
Dolphin Head Story Bridge was initially made possible by grants from Oolite Arts, Miami Film Festival, and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, through
its Miami Individual Artists (MIA) Stipend Program, with the support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor, the Board of County Commissioners, the Cultural
Affairs Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts with American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations
expressed on this platform do not necessarily represent those of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs or other sponsors.
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