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Animating Traditional Amazonian Storytelling: New Methods and Lessons from the Field

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Title: Animating Traditional Amazonian Storytelling: New Methods and Lessons from the Field
Authors: Silva, Wilson
Keywords: Desana language
Desano Language
traditional storytelling
digital animation
Issue Date: Dec 2016
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Silva, Wilson. 2016. Animating Traditional Amazonian Storytelling: New Methods and Lessons from the Field. Language Documentation & Conservation 10. 480-496.
Abstract: In this paper I describe the development of digital animation of Desano traditional stories as a way to foster the inclusion of the Desano language in mainstream digital technology media, while promoting language maintenance and dissemination of cultural knowledge among youths and young adults. The project considers the shifting contexts in which many Desano people live in the contemporary period. Digital animated Desano stories provide important public, community, and scholarly validation for the language as living, dynamic, and vital. Qualitatively different from other written materials produced for the Desano communities, animated digital materials importantly make use of oral language (i.e., animation is accompanied by the original audio in Desano and Desano subtitles), thus exposing younger generations to the sounds and orthography of the language. Oral language-based resources via animation and narration of traditional stories can aid in the group’s language maintenance efforts as they reinforce the spoken language, familiarize the community with the orthography, and celebrate traditional knowledge.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 17 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24703
ISSN: 1934-5275
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Appears in Collections:Volume 10 : Language Documentation & Conservation



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