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Circle of Voices

an interactive ethnographic journey among
First Nations youth in Quebec

Connecting to one's roots to determine one's future

Circle of Voices is an exploratory journey in digital anthropology, among Abenaki, Wolastoq (Maliseet) and Nehirowisiw (Atikamekw) Nations in Quebec. It explores cultural revitalisation through biographical narratives, multimedia recordings and collaborative activities.

The vision of the research project is to counteract the demeaning representations of Indigenous cultures and identities, and to contribute to the digitization and dissemination of Indigenous knowledge and rights.

Circle of revitalization

Various research activities were designed to examine cultural revitalisation, understood as the reclaiming, restoring and regenerating of relationships with the land, with ancestral practices, with belief systems and with each other. The project combined classical anthropological methods, such as biographical interviews, sound and video recordings of traditional practices, with participatory activities, such as photography workshops, sharing circles and intergenerational dance workshops.

Youth's biographies

Raphaelle OBomsawin and Jessica Ann Watso, Musée des Abénakis, Odanak 2016