Marie Desanges St-Onge (left) is one of the elders of Pessamit, which participates in the virtual reality project and support of the heritage Foundation Tekkie-Mamu.
November 27, 2019 21: 17
Foundation Tekkie-Mamu: to preserve the memory with the virtual reality
BAIE-COMEAU — When the oral tradition of First Nations intersects with the technology of the future, it makes projects like that of the Foundation, Tekkie-Mamu, which rises currently working on a virtual reality project to support and preserve the cultural and linguistic heritage of the Innu of Pessamit.
Last June, the foundation has contacted the Innu Council of Pessamit, located about 50 kilometres west of Baie-Comeau on the North Shore, to propose him to preserve for the future the heritage acquired by the seniors of the community, heritage is often passed down by word of mouth and, therefore, not preserved on any medium.
Re-create the knowledge of the elders
“The elders of the village are recorded. These people tell us about an experience, a story, a tale, that will be subsequently transposed in virtual reality. All the content remains in innu”, said Amalia Nanu, co-founder of Tekkie-Mamu.
As for the images, the team of the foundation on the ground where the story took place and turns including a 360-degree camera. “If the elder said that in its history, it is in a canoe, he does the porting, or is located in the forest, it recreates it. It also creates the special effects,” adds the engineer-pedagogical, which will soon actors to re-create these pages of tradition innu.
Like many of the stories collected so far take place in the winter, Tekkie-Mamu will turn the territory over the next few weeks. It will also of other testimonies.
Once the project is completed, all the capsules of virtual reality will be forwarded to the Council of the Innu of Pessamit, which, according to Ms. Nanu, will integrate it in its future home of the culture. “Once completed, it belongs to the community, which distributes it as it wishes. If she wants to translate or not, it belongs to them there also”, she adds to the intention of the journalist, who wondered how people who do not speak innu would be able to have access to these testimonies.
With young people
The young generation is also an integral part of the project. In fact, the young people concerned will be called upon to ensure the continuation of the project. They will receive training to learn how to use all of the virtual reality equipment, including the 360-degree camera. It is that Tekkie-Mamu will relinquish all equipment at Pessamit, once the project is completed.
“It is important that young people are able to continue by themselves project, to contribute to the safeguarding of their heritage and their language. We want young people continue to meet with the elders, while developing skills in the Twenty-first century. This is how the heritage is going to keep,” says Amania Nanu, who wishes to underline that the community has absolutely nothing to pay in the project, fully funded by the foundation and its partners.
The Foundation Tekkie-Mamu will eventually do the same type of project with other aboriginal communities, but it let the time to complete the record of Pessamit. It also has this same virtual reality project with elders who live in situations of isolation on the island of Montreal.