Ojibwe Language Revitalization, Multimedia Technology, and Family Language Learning

Although Indigenous language loss and revitalization are not new topics of academic work nor new areas of community activism (e.g., King, 2001; Grenoble & Whaley, 2006), increased attention has been paid in recent years to the ways that new technology can support efforts to teach and renew endangered languages such […]

New Technologies and Contested Ideologies

About the Tagish-Tlingit FirstVoices project – published in the American Indian Quarterly, Winter & Spring 2006, Vol. 30, Nos. 1 & 2. The website discussed in the article is featured below: http://www.firstvoices.ca In December 2004 representatives of the Yukon government and the First People’s Cultural Foundation of British Columbia signed […]

Ethnography Beyond Text and Print: How the digital can transform ethnographic expressions

Excerpt I’m not advocating for abolishing academic book publishing. Others have and have discussed the economic and ideological structure that supports academic publishing and valorizes the monograph.) Instead, I want to make room for a serious consideration of ethnographic expressions that are not strictly based in text, either in the […]

Scalar: open source, media-rich scholarly publishing platform

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required. […]

Vectors: Journal of Cultural and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular

Vectors maps the multiple contours of daily life in an unevenly digital era, crystallizing around themes that highlight the social, political, and cultural stakes of our increasingly technologically-mediated existence. As such, the journal speaks both implicitly and explicitly to key debates across varied disciplines, including issues of globalization, mobility, power, […]

Digital Dynamics Across Cultures

Introduction (excerpt) Digital Dynamics Across Cultures re-imagines the work of anthropology in the age of digital reproduction, and, by extension, explores the cross-cultural implications of several seeming truisms of the electronic era. While the libertarian impulses and voices fueling the gold rush mentality of Silicon Valley’s dot.com period often insisted […]

StoryBank: Mobile Digital Storytelling in a Development Context

A paper by David M. Frohlich, Dorothy Rachovides, Kiriaki Riga, Ramnath Bhat, Maxine Frank, Eran Edirisinghe, Dhammike Wickramanayaka, Matt Jones and Will Harwood (2009) Abstract Mobile imaging and digital storytelling currently support a growing practice of multimedia communication in the West. In this paper we describe a project which explores […]

Multimedia technology & Indigenous language revitalization: Practical educational tools and applications

Abstract This dissertation reports findings from a study documenting the use of multimedia technology among Indigenous language communities to assist language learners, speakers, instructors, and institutions learn about multimedia technologies that have contributed to Indigenous language revitalization, education, documentation, preservation, and maintenance. The overall study used an adapted technacy framework […]

Lenape Talking Dictionary

Welcome to the Lenape Talking Dictionary – the official online dictionary of Lenape – the language of the Delaware Tribe.  The website includes translations, usage examples, photos, and audio recordings of Lenape words, phrases and stories.  Please read the Introduction Section for instructions on how to use the features.  Select the red speaker […]

Digital Himalaya project

A project to develop digital collection, storage and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region. The Digital Himalaya project was designed by Alan Macfarlane and Mark Turin as a strategy for archiving and making available ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region. Based at the Department of Social […]