Tewa Talk: Preserving the Tewa language through Mobile Technology (Pojoaque)

Culture Preservation, Native communities
Apps & tools, Language
2012

Team:

Virginia Bell, Matthew Fusco, Karin Greene, Andrew O'Neill

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Sponsors:

Indigenous Language Institute (ILI)

Project website:

The governmental and societal push for universal languages, known as a “language shift,” causes countries to rely on universal languages for communication over indigenous languages. As a result, the Tewa language, spoken by six Indian Pueblos in New Mexico, has been slowly declining over the last century. The goal of this project was to contribute to the preservation of Tewa by designing a mobile application and a supplementary website that would aid in language education. Detailed interactive mockups were first designed to help visualize the final products. The application was then programmed for the Android platform, and the website was created with Google Sites. After extensive prototyping and testing, we created a polished, functional application and an interactive website design with learning tools.

Project Mission:

The goal of this project is to contribute to the preservation of indigenous language by designing a mobile application and a supplementary website that will aid in language education.

Project Objectives:

    1. To design the application and create a working prototype
    2. To design the website then create a working prototype
    3. To implement and test the effectiveness of the application and the website
    4. To involve the community in the implementation of the application