Mountain top ocean view at dusk

South Pacific Stories

Cultural storytelling in a world defined by the sea

An outsider’s journey into island life

In 2018 and 2019, Jennifer traveled to French Polynesia and continued her collaboration with photographer Eric Guth. They began with a two week voyage from the Society Islands through the Tuamotus to the Marquesas Islands aboard the National Geographic Orion. After that, they met filmmaker Matt Mastrantuono for a journey back to the Marquesas, French Polynesia’s most distant archipelago.

Personal stories led toward a deeper understanding of cultural resurgence and identity.

“I love maps, and I recognize how powerful they are in shaping our understanding of the world. They may inspire us to explore, but they also constrain us. While an image of the world can guide us, we must know when to leave it behind.”– Jennifer Kingsley

National Geographic map of Polynesia

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