Technology plays a key role in preserving Indigenous Peoples’ culture and languages
This is not our first blog post1 on how technology is taking a central position in the campaigns to preserve the culture and language of various communities. More good news on the subject have come to light this past month of October:
- As reported by Alaska Dispatch News, an archive of local oral history is being shared to preserve the culture of Kodiak, Alaska. They are doing so via a platform that has been around for a while and is called Mukurto (more on that below).
- In another country and on another hemisphere: the New Zealand’s National Digital Forum event hosted talks about bringing to life six aboriginal languages using technology. This is a work being done by Kiwa and the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation and, as reported by NetGuide, “the communities themselves design the content, drawing on the knowledge of elders as well as assets that have been stored for many years. They write, illustrate and narrate the stories in their own language, and then help build them into bilingual experiential digital books”.
- Intercontinental Cry are well into their 3-year plan to develop a platform designed to cover Indigenous Peoples around the world. The project is taking place in Canada and should even start to provide free digital media courses to Indigenous Peoples.
About Mukurtu: started as a digital archive in 2007 for the safekeeping and experience-sharing of the Warumungu Aboriginal community in Australia, the Mukurtu project then developed into an online platform for various Indigenous communities. Its system is constantly being updated and improved with the support from the World Intellectual Propery Orgnization, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Washington State University Foundation, the Fetzer Institute and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.