Virtual Storytelling on the Wanuskewin Landscape

Project Description

This project is intended to provide a digital audiovisual collection of oral histories and cultural stories paired with visualizations of the landscape in Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a non-profit cultural historical site of the First Nations in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To complement their ongoing and successful in-person excursions we propose to launch a virtual storytelling program in order to engage with a larger, web-based audience. The project aims to reinforce Indigenous identity through oral storytelling on the landscape and to engage a broader audience by transposing this experience into the digital context. By doing this, the recordings will be in both English and Native languages. Several Indigenous languages have roots in the Wanuskewin landscape, including Plains Cree, Swampy Cree, Woodlands Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakoda and Lakota, and so represent a vital aspect of preserving and sharing Indigenous cultural heritage. This will encourage the use and teachings of vulnerable languages. Ultimately, the goal is to address the landscapes, narratives, identity and languages of Wanuskewin. This will allow Wanuskewin to partner with organizations and cultural centers globally and to spread the knowledge of the First Nations within North America.

Keeping the Memory Alive at Wanuskewin

Deliverables / Outcomes

This project will involve producing a webpage on the existing Wanuskewin Heritage Park website.

The webpage will be populated with video content and transcriptions designed for:

  • Keeping the language alive, encouraging language skills
  • Not erasing history
  • Accessibility
  • Education
  • Online (interactive) media