Digital Identity: The Construction of Virtual Selfhood in the Indigenous Peoples’ Movement

Abstract Inventions have their greatest impact when they go beyond their possible practical applications and act upon the imagination. When Martin Behaim invented the first globe in 1490, a functionally useless object consisting mostly of terra incognita, he was widely ridiculed; but somehow the ideas that his globe represented stuck, […]

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African Fractals, Virtual Bead Looms, and other Culturally Situated Design Tools

Culturally Situated Design Tools While solutions to the “digital divide” are often imagined as a one-way bridge, there are a variety of ways in which we can create a two-way bridge alternative. Culturally Situated Design Tools (CSDTs) use information technology to “translate” from local knowledge and low-tech practice, to high-tech […]

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Culturally Situated Design Tools

While solutions to the “digital divide” are often imagined as a one-way bridge, there are a variety of ways in which we can create a two-way bridge alternative. Culturally Situated Design Tools (CSDTs) use information technology to “translate” from local knowledge and low-tech practice, to high-tech domains such as math, […]

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ICTs and Indigenous pedagogy: Techniques of resistance in chat rooms

Abstract This paper draws upon the ideas and scholarship encapsulated by a core unit at QUT in Indigenous Education. This unit was developed and written by Indigenous staff in the university’s Oodgeroo Unit and taken up for delivery for the first time in 2003. Staff in Teaching and Learning Support […]

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Information Technology and Indigenous Communities: symposium presentations

Donwload the symposium program (PDF) This 2010 AIATSIS Research Symposium was co-hosted with the Australian National University and the National Film and Sound Archive and in conjunction with the National Recording Project’s 9th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance. About the Symposium Information Technology and Indigenous Communities (ITIC) explored the […]

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Indigenous Knowledge & the Cultural Interface: Underlying issues at the intersection of knowledge & information systems

Introduction I am aware as I begin this plenary paper that members of the library profession that are drawn to a presentation slotted under the theme, Indigenous Knowledge, are most likely interested in the systems and issues for managing information in that area. And as soon as I presume that, […]

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Digitised Indigenous Knowledge in Cultural Heritage Organisations in Australia & New Zealand

Abstract This research project investigates the digital collections from selected heritage organisations, exploring how and if the rights of Indigenous peoples are being protected by policy and protocol documents on the Web. It surveys selected heritage collections across Australia and New Zealand and explores digital collection policies at local and […]

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Sustaining Indigenous Culture: The Structure, Activities, and Needs of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Introduction Sovereignty, self-determination, and self-governance are primary goals of Indigenous nations worldwide—and they take important steps toward those goals by renewing control over their stories, documents, and artifacts. In the U.S., the last 30 years have been a remarkable period of reasserted and reaffirmed authority over such cultural patrimony through […]

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Taonga Online: Managing and Preserving Culture in a Digital Age

Introduction The pace of change of information technology is not in dispute. We are all familiar with the way electronic storage media become obsolete. The hardware and software combinations that use these storage devices mutate even faster and, of course, one is of no use without the other. While we […]

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Research Project: Indigenous Knowledge Technologies

I recently received a note from Kasper Rodil, a PhD Fellow in Aalborg University’s Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, who shared with me a new website focused on Indigenous knowledge and technology (http://indiknowtech.org/). Below is an overview of the site and its current projects. indiknowtech.org Project Description From […]

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The Indigenous Languages and Technology (ILAT) Listserv

About the ILAT discussion list The Indigenous Languages and Technology (ILAT) discussion list is an open forum for community language specialists, linguists, scholars, and students to discuss issues relating to the uses of technology in language revitalization efforts. A list of links to the ILAT archives is presented at right […]

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Our original aim was the same as usual: to bring them sustainable development

A two-parter… take a moment to enjoy this sharp and satirical snapshot of development (There You Go! written and illustrated by Oren Ginzburg and published by Survival International in 2006) and then another few minutes to learn about Survival International’s work on behalf of tribal peoples worldwide. To see the […]

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There You Go!

A two-parter… take a moment to enjoy this sharp and satirical snapshot of development (There You Go! written and illustrated by Oren Ginzburg and published by Survival International in 2006) and then another few minutes to learn about Survival International’s work on behalf of tribal peoples worldwide. Click the button […]

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Smartphones promoted as a tool for indigenous forest protection

Excerpt Smartphones beeping in the woods may be a welcome presence that augurs the increased ability of indigenous communities to be stewards of their own biodiverse forests. Representatives of these communities and their supporters have advocated that international conservation policies like Reduced Emissions through Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) be increasingly […]

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Plugging in Indigenous knowledge: connections and innovations

Presented at the Fulbright Symposium: “Indigenous people in an interconnected world.” Published as: Plugging in Indigenous knowledge – connections and innovations.” In Australian Aboriginal Studies 2000:2, pp 39-47. An earlier version of this paper appears at The Fulbright site at the University of Iowa. Note: Many of the websites linked […]

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Towards Preserving Indigenous Oral Stories Using Tangible Objects

Abstract Handcrafted beadwork produced by the BaNtwane people of South Africa is loaded with meaning. Communicating indigenous oral stories is important for passing on culture-specific traditions and community memory, such as the meaning of the handcrafted beadwork. Oral stories are told within the physical confines of the community. The community […]

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Time Machine 1986: Linguists call for TV to save Aboriginal languages

Click image to see a larger version of the article. More articles by Geoff Maslen at The Age.

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Indigenous Identities: Oral, Written Expressions and New Technologies

A UNESCO publication about the 2001 Symposium bearing the same name… Foreword This report summarizes the key issues raised, experiences shared and conclusions reached by participants during the course of four days of speeches and debate. Consensus was facilitated by parallel meetings of the informal Indigenous Caucus working group, whose […]

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Participatory Learning and Action: Change at Hand – Web 2.0 for Development

A joint publication of The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) Table of Contents PART I: OVERVIEW 1. Change at hand: Web 2.0 for development Holly Ashley, Jon Corbett, Ben Garside, Dave Jones and Giacomo Rambaldi 2. The two […]

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Chumpi and the Waterfall: the future of the Achuar of Chicherta

Chumpi and the Waterfall Excerpt from the Achuar movie site: Chumpi and the Waterfall (TeleAndes) was filmed in the Achuar community of Chicherta in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, the last community on the Huasaga River before the border with Ecuador. This is a headwater area, where the forest is full […]

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Spider Stories 2011: ICT4D experiences, knowledge, & lessons learned

A publication of the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) Contents Mapping the network and its activities ICT4Democracy in East Africa Network SMS for human rights Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) Uncharted waters – ICTs in human rights Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) The journey […]

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ICTs and New Indigenous Mobilities? Insights from Remote Northern Territory Communities

Published in the Journal of Rural and Community Development, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2012) Abstract Like most of the jurisdictions highlighted in this edition, the Northern Territory of Australia has a large Indigenous population who live in small communities isolated from major service centres and urban areas. A digital divide […]

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Other side of the divide: Latin-American and Caribbean Perspectives on the WSIS

Introduction The process generated around the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is an opportunity to present to the world the contributions that from Latin America and the Caribbean have been made in this respect. Diverse actors of this region of the planet have worked and work today in […]

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Natives on the Electric Frontier: Technology and Cultural Change on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation

Abstract This dissertation examines the relationship between technology and cultural change on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, home to 7000 Lakota Indians. Recently, a number of popular authors have suggested that technology, especially electronic or ’emerging’ media technologies such as television and the Internet, is a primary […]

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Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops? The Paiter Surui People & Google Earth…

I’ve been following the curious story of Chief Almir Surui and his relationship with Google Earth since 2007. I was delighted to see that Mashable ran an article about the Pater Surui which allowed me to catch up with what has transpired over the last five years (however, I was […]

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