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      ʔeləw’k’ w– Belongings: A Tangible Interface for Intangible Cultural Heritage


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      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      7 & 9 July 2015

      Tangible interaction, Intangible cultural heritage, Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Indian Band, c’əsnaʔəm



            ʔeləw’k’ w – Belongings is an interactive tabletop using a tangible user interface to explore intangible cultural heritage. The table was designed for the c’əsnaʔəm, the city before the city exhibition. This exhibition is a partnership of three major institutions in Vancouver, BC, exploring the significant ancient village site on which part of Vancouver was built, as well as Musqueam culture and community today. The tabletop uses replicas of Musqueam belongings excavated from c’əsnaʔəm, as well as contemporary objects that are a part of everyday Musqueam life to access information about the long history of salmon fishing and the continuity of related knowledge at c’əsnaʔəm. The design of ʔeləw’k’ w – Belongings highlights the tensions between fragmentation and continuity that are central to discussions of access and preservation of intangible cultural heritage in the digital age. In this paper we discuss the tangible tabletop interface as a response to the desire to reconnect fragmented collections and physical belongings from c’əsnaʔəm with Musqueam intangible cultural knowledge.


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            July 2015
            July 2015
            : 360-366
            [0001]Simon Fraser University

            [0002]University of British Columbia

            © Reese Muntean et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2015, UK

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            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)
            London, UK
            7 & 9 July 2015
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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