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Indigenous Culture and Computing Technologies (three part series)


Indigenous Culture and Computing Technologies (three part series). This is part of the Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series and is open to the public.

January 2022

Time: Tuesdays, 2:15-3 pm MT Edmonton

Title: Indigenous Culture and Computing Technologies (three part series)

Format: Three separate 30 minutes presentations with 15 minute Q&As


Jan 11, Part 1: This first session discusses how Indigenous worldviews can
affect computing philosophies that perpetuate colonial and settler
structures. It observes the intersections of Indigenous daily life and
technology and how these intersections can become more accessible to
Indigenous users. It explores how visiual mobile app design can be
approached with Indigenous perspectives, how Indigenous users interface
with computers and devices, and how computers can be set up to be
culturally supportive instruments.

Jan 18, Part 2: This session explores computer hardware and how the
physical objects we use for computing can be Indigenized. It examines
physical human-computer interactions, how Indigenous worldviews can be
reflected in these objects, and how these objects can be seen as inherently
Indigenous objects.

Jan 25, Part 3: This final discussion looks at computer programming. This
presentation introduces the ᐋᒋᒧᐤ programming platform developed for
nehiyawewin. Next, this session relates how this programming language came
to be and how it is envisioned to assist nehiyawewin language
revitalization and usage. It concludes with a demonstration of how
nehiyawewin can be used as computer code to make animated digital stories.


Jon Corbett is a nehiyaw-Métis computational media artist and professional
computer programmer. He holds a BFA from the University of Alberta in Art
and Design, an MFA from the University of British Columbia in
Interdisciplinary Studies, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the
University of British Columbia. His doctoral research crosses the domains
of Indigenous Studies and Digital Humanities and focuses on creating
digital tools for Indigenous artists and nehiyawewin learners. His research
products thus far include a nehiyaw-based programming language, physical
hardware designs for the nehiyaw syllabic orthography, and
software/application solutions that use Indigenous Storywork as design
tools. In addition to being showcased in several books and articles, his
artwork has been featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of the
American Indian in New York City, NY, and at the Biennale d’art
contemporain autochtone / Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA) in
Montreal, QC.

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This is part of the Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series and is
open to the public.
Contact Manisha Khetarpal by email or call toll free:
1 866 585 3925
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