Technologies to promote the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge holders in digital cultural heritage preservation

Gereon Koch Kapuire, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Colin Stanley, Donovan Maasz, Michael Chamunorwa, Rune Heide Møller, Daniel Gonzalez-Cabrero, Kasper Rodil

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Indigenous Knowledge (IK) preservation is at the core of our collaborative efforts with indigenous communities in Namibia. Recognising the local IK holder as a key agent in the process, we co-design technologies that enable IK holders in the rural communities to collect their own IK. An imperative component in the equation is community engagement, thereby hearing and respecting their voices in the co-design process which ensures technology adaptation. In this paper we present an on-going project of an indigenous technology development with the ovaHimba tribe, who strongly epitomise their cultural norms and values, still living a traditional life style in the rural area with relatively little exposure to technology. In the absence of communities’ expectations of existing human computer interaction standards we attempt to co-develop unique designs reflecting local worldviews. Hence this paper reports on our past efforts compounded of a routine of discussions, co-design session, new communicational tool deployment, technological tools’ evaluation, outcomes and challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Conference on Culture & Computer Science, 2016 - Windhoek, Namibia
Duration: 25 Oct 201628 Oct 2016


ConferenceInternational Conference on Culture & Computer Science, 2016
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  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Co-Design
  • Technology Development

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