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Volume 2  March, 2011

Students Tell Saanich Myths Through Computer Animation
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British Columbia: It’s a Saanich myth familiar to many in First Nations communities: the Creator turns Ciye, a woman picking blueberries, into a blue bird.

Now this and other ancient myths are being told through computer animation by students in Lau’Welnew Tribal School.

The ANCEStor Program is a 3-year project at Camosun College The program uses traditional storytelling to help aboriginal youth develop computer skills.  Camosun works with students as they learn the programs. It also offers them a database of cultural images and sound effects to use.

AndySmith-Harry has known Ciye's bluebird stories for years and with help from ANCESTOR, brought it to life. Andy started with a template, then created the scene with bushes and trees from the database. He also used other characters, text bubbles for narration, and his own voice.

Andy and other students recently presented their one-minute stories and video games on the Camosun campus.

The ANCESTor Project's future plans are to create an educational package of software, training materials and lesson plans for remote communities.

The project is funded by a government grant.



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