April 11-14, 2007
San Francisco, California

Interactions: Description

Ntsayka Ikanum: A Native American approach to the on-line experience   go to paper

George Ross, ISITE Design, USA
Lindy Trolan, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, USA
Paul Williams, ISITE Design, Inc, USA
Leslie Riggs, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, USA

This paper addresses efforts to share traditional Tribal knowledge and history through an interactive on-line experience. It speaks to the need to reach a wide and far-reaching audience while not compromising the integrity of the information shared. Ntsayka Ikanum: A Virtual Experience weaves together stories and artifacts of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s history from the beginning of time to today. Told with moving multimedia, video, audio and photography, the virtual museum provides a place to go for Tribal members and the general public to hear and read the words and teachings of our ancestors. This collaborative effort teamed the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde with ISITE Design to develop a Web site that is a means of exhibiting Tribal collections and sharing cultural information until a Museum and Cultural Center can be built.

Mini-Workshop: Native American [Users]

Keywords: storytelling, education, cultural preservation, research, interactive, accessibility