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ERIC Number: EJ868724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Digital Storytelling: Preserving a Cultural Tradition
Young, Jeff
Education Canada, v50 n1 p22-25 Win 2009-2010
In this article, the author shows how digital photography could be an effective cultural preservation enabler. On July 1, 2007, with initial funding from Research in Motion and Merit Travel and support of more than 300 family and friends, the author and his team arrived in the small town of Monduli, Tanzania with the purpose of teaching digital storytelling in Maasai villages. The Maasai are a strong, massively warm, smart (the speed with which they learned was remarkable), and proud people who are very committed to progressing, but are equally committed to progressing without deterioration to their culture and beliefs. To the village elders, education is a matter of passing down experiences--a custom deeply rooted in the Maasai culture. The elders seemed to understand that modern technology is here to stay, but they have made the choice not to let it run over their culture. Notably, the elders--and especially the teachers--regarded the digital photography project as a way to balance the use of technology with their ancient practice of storytelling. Given technology that would allow them to record--not to be recorded--the Maasai became totally immersed in telling their stories. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tanzania