Augmented and Virtual Reality for Cultural and Linguistic Continuity: Reigniting the Many Voices of a Communal Bison Hunt

Join us this Wednesday, March 15th as Caroline and Michael Running Wolf present an exciting talk on “Augmented and Virtual Reality for Cultural and Linguistic Continuity: Reigniting the Many Voices of a Communal Bison Hunt:”

Our work explores the possibilities of augmented and virtual reality to create immersive environments for teaching, learning, and sharing Indigenous language and culture. We will present our work-in-progress on a virtual reality showcase of an endangered hunting site, the Madison Buffalo Jump, and its relationship to Indigenous peoples throughout Montana. Interdisciplinary use of Virtual Reality enables multiple tribal voices, histories, knowledges, and languages to be represented side by side and in contradiction with the official archeological history of a sacred site. We will also discuss the technology and Indigenous methodology we use.

Caroline Running Wolf, née Old Coyote, is an enrolled member of the Apsáalooke Nation (Crow) in Montana, with a Swabian Deutsch mother but also Pikuni, Oglala, and Winnebago heritage. Her focus is assisting Indigenous communities in sustaining and strengthening their cultural legacies as well as supporting culturally appropriate economic development.

Michael Running Wolf was raised in Birney, a rural village on the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Reservation that did not get a telephone until Michael was a teenager. Michael recently gave up a stable career in Full Stack Web-development to focus upon his true passion: Endangered Indigenous Language Revitalization using Augmented and Virtual Reality software.