Word of Mouth: Orality in Africa

“Word of Mouth” provides information on the significance of orality in African countries. The internet project thus aims to build bridges between societies shaped by oral traditions and the predominantly text-based global knowledge society. In addition, “Word of Mouth” presents information on German activities in the field of orality, thus […]

Technology and the Transmission of Oral Tradition in the Contemporary Jewish Community

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 […]

Preserving of Information Value in Oral Tradition of Minangkabau society, West Sumatera, Indonesia

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 […]

Digital Archive of Ritual Poetry (DARP) prototype for preserving intangible cultural heritage

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico City, Mexico, takes advantage of technological advances for the preservation and dissemination of material heritage, and explores new avenues of preservation and representation of intangible heritage. One example is the prototype Digital Archive of Ritual Poetry (DARP) digital tool that […]

Preservation of African Culture in the Information Age

The purpose of this paper is to appraise the importance of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in preserving African cultural heritage in the information age. It examined the nature of African culture and established that the main commonality among Africans is the oral nature of the culture. It also discussed the […]

Fragile memories: Indigenous knowledge and development

Abstract This paper examines the nature of knowledge with particular reference to so-called “indigenous knowledge” and its treatment within development interventions. It highlights some of the theoretical arguments and different sides of the debate concerning hierarchies of knowledge with development narratives and discourse. Much indigenous knowledge is contained in oral […]

Heritage Education for Sustainable Development: Dialogue with Indigenous Communities in Africa

As the twenty-first century gets into gear, it is clear that the defining characteristic of our era is that of climate insecurity. The United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 14th Conference of Parties in Poznań, Poland held in December 2008 ended with a stalemate in north-south talks on how […]

The Storytelling Station: an interactive museum kiosk

This museum kiosk, designed as a prototype for the Ndakinna Education Center, provides an interactive introduction to storytelling and the Native American oral traditions of the Northeast. Participants learn about storytelling by: experiencing video interviews and recorded performances with storytellers from the Abenaki, Mohawk, and other northeastern Nations, reading and […]

New technology maps Inuit knowledge: “A profound tool for reversing discrimination”

OTTAWA — About 25 kilometres southeast of Arctic Bay, on the northern shore of Adams Sound, there is a place called Qajuutinnguaq. It means “Hill shaped like a chisel.” You wouldn’t find it on most official maps because official maps of Nunavut contain huge swaths of unnamed land. And most […]