Pantanî Blog: Using ICT for Safeguarding and Sharing Indigenous Social Memory

Géraud de Ville, Grace Albert, Abigail Buckley, Kenneth Butler, Lakeram Haynes


Oral storytelling has traditionally been the main vehicle for the transmission of social memory in the indigenous communities of the North Rupununi, Guyana. It allows them to maintain their worldview and reinforce their sense of community, but it also makes it particularly fragile to the test of time. Thanks to recent developments and the proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICT), new opportunities for capturing, broadcasting and safeguarding indigenous social memory have emerged. Yet, there are fears that these technologies can also accelerate cultural loss. The Pantanî Blog experiment aimed at interrogating the role of ICT in safeguarding and sharing indigenous social memory in a fast-changing environment.


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