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ERIC Number: ED482112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 11
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Storytelling and the Web in South African Museums.
Goodnow, Katherine J.; Natland, Yngvar
The Iziko museums in Cape Town, South Africa in collaboration with the International Museums Studies Programme at the University of Bergen, Norway, have jointly developed a Web-based concept that combines oral storytelling with new technology to connect schools in the South and North. Awaiting funding at the time of publication, this project was scheduled to be trail tested later in 2002. African storytelling traditions support communal ownership of stories and involve multiple forms of expression: mime, dance, music, as well as verbal narrative. The South African project considers how the Internet can be utilized to support and enhance these forms of storytelling with authors in the South and North. This paper considers parameters of community involvement in widely differing socio-economic contexts. Township involvement includes extending storytelling workshops at community centers to the Web. Focusing on technology transfer, the paper also considers the relationship between central museums developed within the apartheid system with newly established community centers on the periphery of urban centers. It reviews the need for changes to established museums in the post-apartheid period with a particular emphasis on incorporating black history and contemporary oral history into social and cultural museums, both physical and Web-based, in South Africa. (Author/MES)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa