A PATH THROUGH GAMES AND LANGUAGE

September 10 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm

Smaller venue TBA, Kirkwall

Does our digital world mean the end of tradition and older languages? On the contrary, say Prof. Maya Chacaby (Anishinaabe, Beaver Clan) of York University and virtual learning expert Benoit Buyse of UniVirtual: technology provides fresh ways to pass on heritage to a new generation. They describe how the virtual world of Biskaabiiyaang teaches Anishinaabe language, history, and culture through gamified quests and activities; and how the outcome is an Indigenized curriculum, accessible and engaging. They join us from a distance to describe the process of translating Indigenous Knowledge and traditional storytelling into game mechanics.

“We’re glad to share our experiences working at the intersection of Indigenous Futurities and metaverse design, and we welcome conversation on how other Indigenous communities around the world might likewise revitalise their endangered languages.”

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