IAIA presents digital storytelling workshop

Feb 8th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-3: Technology and Culture, Tribal College News

During the 2011-2012 school year, tribal colleges are leading the way in the use of Digital Technology to demonstrate knowledge of self, culture, and liberal studies. The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM) is in the forefront of this educational initiative as demonstrated by the nDigiDreams storytelling workshop that took place on campus in September 2011.

IAIA’s Indigenous Liberal Studies (ILS) Department regards digital storytelling as an effective creative tool for academic self-evaluation, for developing intellectual capital, and for empowering students and faculty to recognize key links between self-expression and student success.

The Digital Storytelling Workshop was designed to help participants acquire the technological computer skills necessary to make their own three-to-five minute films—films that are consistent with the stories they want to tell.

Over the course of four days, participants spoke/wrote their own narratives answering the question,   “How did Indigenous Liberal Studies and/or the Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program strengthen your knowledge of self and culture?” The films are visually structured around a sequence of personal/historical photographs, some depicting corn, floodwater irrigation, sculpting, Navajo weaving, Tlingit weaving, and family gatherings. Several of the films focus on challenges the filmmakers have overcome in their lives and the ways that the ILS Department has helped them conceptualize their scholar-activist paths into the future.     

At the IAIA Open House on Nov. 4, 2011, the Digital Storytelling films were featured by ILS, along with new podcasts (available at the website www.iaia.edu/podcasts).  At this event, students, the campus community, and visitors enthusiastically remarked on these compelling stories that open new dialogues into Indigenous ways of knowing.

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