Technology in Support of Native Science
Americans have an inherent love of learning and an avid interest
in Information Technology. There is urgent need within Native communities
for a technology that will allow the living knowledge that is Native
Science to be digitally stored while maintaining the integrity of
the knowledge in the original languages. Can we have Information Technology that reflects Indigenous consciousness? We are exploring if it is possible to have a computer technology that follows traditional values and protocols for holding and sharing knowledge and employs multi sensory Indigenous learning processes? If so, can such a technology be used to make Native science visible in classrooms and cyberspace. If such a technology could be developed, it would support the building of a common language
to describe Western scientific concepts in their wholeness, thereby
making visible the web of inter-relationship.
the fall of 2005, The National Science Foundation awarded a grant
to the Native American Academy to bring together a trans cultural
team of IT researchers and designers with Traditional Knowledge
Holders to begin the exploration. We present here the knowledge gathered in the first steps of this exploration
Characteristics of Native IT
Is it possible to have Information Technology that reflects Indigenous Consciousness?
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The Indigenous Learning Process