The following framework seeks to re-envision The Identity Project program model within a new context. The Identity Project was first conceived in 2013 as a documentary storytelling and project-based literacy learning program designed to engage and empower underserved youth in schools throughout Southeast Washington D.C., The following iteration of The Identity Project is aimed at cultivating empowerment and illuminating the voices of Indigenous youth, specifically the Pueblo youth of Northern New Mexico. By identifying students as central resources for knowledge in the process of learning, this framework directly engages the deep cultural worlds and words of Indigenous youth through humanizing inquiry and in-depth dialogic learning.
The Identity Project’s framework draws inspiration and direction from Dr. Eunice Romero-Little’s The Keres Study: Identifying Giftedness Among Keresan Pueblo Indians. This construct of giftedness offers a deeply humanizing perspective of students’ innate abilities and their intuitive intelligence. In an effort to tap into the wisdom of The Keres Study, The Identity Project utilizes documentary storytelling techniques to nurture the qualities within each of the identified domains of giftedness. Corresponding to each of The Keres Study's four domains of giftedness, are four documentary storytelling learning phases.