The Ethnos Project is a research initiative that explores the intersection of Indigeneity and information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as:

  • open source databases for Indigenous Knowledge management
  • information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) initiatives
  • new and emerging technologies for intangible cultural heritage
  • social media used by Indigenous communities for social change
  • mobile technologies used for language preservation

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  • Glottolog Data Explorer (8/23/2016) - The aim of this web application is to draw attention to the pressing issue of language endangerment. We hope that the map illustrates the huge number of distinct languages around the world in the present day, and implies that there is much to be lost, socially and culturally, if the languages classified as currently vulnerable or endangered were allowed to shrink away into extinction. You ...
  • Joseph Bruchac and the Lasting Power of Oral Traditions (8/17/2016) - Note: I had the pleasure of working with Joe Bruchac and his family while serving as the Education Director of the Ndakinna Education Center (a cultural arts non-profit in Upstate New York). His stories have played a notable role in my own family - my sons were raised listening to the Abenaki and Adirondack stories told by Joe and his son Jim. -- Mark Oppenneer ...
  • Technology and the Transmission of Oral Tradition in the Contemporary Jewish Community (8/16/2016) - This paper focuses on the impact of technology (computers, the Internet, iPods) on the transmission of oral tradition, specifically the cantillation of the Torah, in the contemporary Jewish community. The highly detailed and musically nuanced public recitation of the Torah require that the reader memorize both the pronunciation of unvocalized Hebrew text and the taamei hamikra (cantillation marks) that indicate the musical motif applied to each word of scripture. Learning ...
  • Preserving of Information Value in Oral Tradition of Minangkabau society, West Sumatera, Indonesia (8/16/2016) - Minangkabau society is very well known of their oral tradition named kaba babarito that expresses a message from one to others orally. Oral tradition of Minangkabau is very strong in many aspects of life, for example the tradition of maota di lapau (chatting on lapau), which is one way for men in Minangkabau to communicate and socialize. All forms of oral tradition in Minangkabau society ...

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