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Augmented reality app reveals meaning behind Indigenous bear sculpture – Folio

by ahnationtalk on May 17, 201997 Views

Digital technology and traditional Cree teachings come together in virtual tour of artwork at U of A downtown campus.

A new University of Alberta digital project is bringing Indigenous knowledge to campus and letting people connect on the spot with its teachings.

Using augmented reality, users can access videotaped pop-up stories by hovering their electronic devices over designated objects like the Sweetgrass Bear, a sculpture at Enterprise Square, the U of A’s downtown Edmonton campus.

Created by U of A graduate students and Indigenous knowledge keepers, the user-friendly initiative is rooted in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said project leader Rob McMahon, a Faculty of Extension researcher.

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