StoryBeads : preserving indigenous knowledge through tangible interaction design

E.S. Reitsma, A. Smith, E.A.W.H. Hoven, van den

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This paper addresses the need to preserve culturally unique knowledge for future generations. This user-centered design-research case study focused on preserving Indigenous Knowledge (IK) of the South-African BaNtwane culture, specifically focusing on their rich beadwork and oral traditions. Our approach allows for design research in a scenario where the community is represented by a few prominent members, simultaneously making provision for the incorporation of modern technology in a society trailing in technology adoption. The study resulted in a recording device that fits the target group's oral tradition and is based on a concept in which oral stories are recorded and associated with tangible beads that can be incorporated into traditional beadwork. The device and interaction design embraces the culture's aesthetics and existing IK mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Culture and Computing 2013, 16-18 September 2013, Kyoto, Japan
Place of PublicationWashington
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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