Storytelling school

Motion Capture Technology for Yukon Storytelling

Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox works with the Carcross Tagish First Nation as a senior business collaborator Outpost 31. He feels like a superhero when he wears the first action-capture costume available in the Yukon.

I’m like the Tlingit superhero, whom the kids look up to. Few people even call me Super Tlingit. »

quote from Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’, senior employee at Outpost 31

According to him, this outfit provided many opportunities for storytelling and cultural education in his community.

Last week, he hosted an activity in which the outfit was shown while dancing in front of students at Gish Tala School. Students can watch a live animation of his movements simultaneously on a screen placed behind him.

I wanted everyone to see the good things that can happen and to give us a chance to show more of our stories because a lot of our legends and stories are amazing.emphasizes Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’.

Besides dancing, he sees the possibility of this costume being used in many cultural education projects, such as recording people speaking their language or a sculptor doing his work.

Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox wears a motion capture suit while his movements are animated directly on the screen behind him.

Photo: Danielle de Entremont/CBC

Jayden Soroka, Creator and Lead Animator at Outpost 31Also excited about the possibilities of this outfit.

Young people can make a career out of logging data or working with older adults, community members or storytellers to create a library of digitally curated content, stories and cultures that can be shared in any way you want. ‘they choose.He said.

Jayden Soroka says the studio has no intellectual property rights to the stories. The First Nations using this technology will own the final product and decide how to archive, distribute and use it.

Ultimately, he hopes the studio can create a mobile storytelling support unit that understands motion capture and other technologies and can travel to different communities to provide their services when needed.

We have access to the uniform and can be available to communities to provide what they need. Our hope is [développer et de renforcer les compétences] and create opportunitiesHe says.

Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox (left) and Jayden Soroka previously collaborated on the motion-capture animated film The Provider, which tells the story of the first quest.

Photo: Danielle de Entremont/CBC

At Carcross, this technology has already caught the attention of some. 8th grade student Nord Belancourt participated in the activity organized by Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’ by playing the drum.

It’s amazing because you can really get involved in your community and do projects outside of school and that’s really coolShouted.

In the future, Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox hopes to continue wearing the costume to inspire future generations to take matters into their own hands.

If I had to describe [mon superpouvoir]I would say it inspires everyone around me to do more, to do better, and to do what they did before us.Concludes.

With information from Danielle de Entremont

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