One of the topics this term that I’ve gravitated towards is that of using technology as a means to promote and protect Indigenous knowledge. Four Directions Teachings is a beautiful website, made possible by the Canadian Culture Online Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, was created to engage users to learn about traditional knowledge, by listening to recorded audios. The site emphasizes the importance of oral traditions and offers visitors the opportunity to listen to narrations as elders/traditional teachers share their perspectives, philosophies and cultural values of five distinct First Nations in Canada: Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwe, Mohawk, and Mi’kmaq.
Stories of the Night Sky is a project where Aboriginal youth from across Canada share stories from community elders through digital video technology. The Mi’kmaq Elders were a large support in revitalizing these stories so that the youth could share them through digital media bringing in both old and new perspectives. As each province is unique in land and sky patterns, the stories are also unique and so you are able to view stories of the night sky from each province in Canada. I was really interested in viewing more stories but not all of the links are working. For some videos, there are translations available.