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Stories to Tell: The Role of Indigenous Women in Preserving and Data Visualization of Traditional Knowledge in Today's Contemporary Context

Thursday, October 6, 2022 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (EDT)


Today, Indigenous women remain at the juncture of two knowledge systems. Hence, Indigenous women's role in preserving and digitalizing traditional knowledge in today's contemporary context outlines self-reliance, ingenuity, creativity and determination. Indigenous women's tenacity cannot be overstated. It is generally argued that information relating to cultural stories and communal practices should be studied within the everyday-life contexts, which provide the scope of the selected literature and aims for a strategic understanding of individual information-seeking and social interaction practices. Perhaps more important is employing the self-determination theory to underpin Indigenous women's motivation and personality as active members in the community and their concerns surrounding digital visualization of traditional knowledge. These issues are rarely discussed at the grassroots level, and the theoretical underpinnings of Indigenous women's voices are not necessarily well understood. The analysis described herein used the person-in-situation approach and practice theory with the underlying assumptions brought into view and analyzed the Storyteller's video recordings in detail in the findings. Practice and person-in-situation theories have guided the Researcher to carve out and visualize the data results in Indigenous ways. Discussing the intellectual and moral copyright of transmitting traditional knowledge and some key theoretical constructs that clarify fundamental premises of documenting Indigenous knowledge. This paper argues that it is possible to understand and illustrate Indigenous women's voices within an integrated theoretical framework that significantly contributes to the information science field.

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (EDT)
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