Ten Canoes: too much to fit…

“From almost the beginning, there were too many things that too many people wanted for them all to fit in just one feature film.” This is not so much a sell for the movie (released in 2006), but a brief introduction the possibilities Indigenous film can have within a given […]

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Managing Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Is Technology the Solution?

Abstract This paper discusses current issues surrounding the management of indigenous knowledge (IK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) in libraries, archives and other cultural institutions. It addresses the need for: (1) ethical policies for the management of these knowledge systems, (2) critical approaches to the dominant library paradigm of information […]

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Indigenous Tweets

Indigenous Tweets is a website and accompanying blog by Kevin Scannell, a professor of Computer Science at Saint Louis University. To explain the project, I quote from the Indigenous Tweets blog: Project Background Speakers of indigenous and minority languages around the world are struggling to keep their languages and cultures […]

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Indigenous Language Revitalization and Technology: From Traditional to Contemporary Domains

This paper describes critical areas in which technology plays a role in language and culture revitalization and explores efforts made by Indigenous communities to preserve, maintain and revitalize their Indigenous language with the help of computer technology. People are interested in both traditional and contemporary culture and are finding new […]

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Repatriation, Digital Media, and Culture in the Virtual Museum

A presentation by Kate Hennessy. Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). Many Canadian First Nations and Aboriginal organizations are using digital media to revitalize their languages and assert control over the representation of their cultures. […]

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Postcolonial Computing: A Lens on Design and Development

Abstract: As our technologies travel to new cultural contexts and our designs and methods engage new constituencies, both our design and analytical practices face significant challenges. We offer postcolonial computing as an analytical orientation to better understand these challenges. This analytic orientation inspires four key shifts in our approach to […]

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The Genographic Legacy Fund

Building Capacity. Raising Awareness. The Genographic Project was designed to include a distinct legacy component—an important element that will indirectly reciprocate the invaluable contribution made to the project by participating and non-participating indigenous and traditional communities around the world. The Genographic Legacy Fund (GLF), through the extension of grants, aims […]

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Advancing the New Machine: Human Rights and Technology

Conference website: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/HRCweb/events/TechConference2011/index.html CONFERENCE OVERVIEW Information technologies are gaining a significant role in advancing human rights research and advocacy. But technology alone will not make the difference; what will is the combination of human rights defenders with the tools specifically designed to support their work. In May 2009 UC Berkeley’s […]

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A New York Jew in China

A New York Jew in China (Part 2 – Disappearing Languages) I was tipped off about this video in an April 3, 2011 tweet by @markwarschauer: “I love it! A New York Jew makes videos in Yiddish about endangered languages in China…” Ross Adam Perlin, born in 1983, is completing […]

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