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dc.contributor.author Nicolson, Deanna
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-02T19:12:42Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-02T19:12:42Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/9851
dc.description.abstract This project is about archival reconstruction. It focuses on records pertaining to the Kwakwaka’wakw people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Specifically, this project focuses on digitizing and converting a collection of ‘Personal Names of the Kwakiutl’ recorded by George Hunt nearly a century ago for anthropologist Franz Boas. The vast amount of information was recorded using an outdated orthography crafted by Boas that can hardly be read nor can it be replicated on a standard computer keyboard today. By first digitizing and then converting this data into a more recently developed and widely accepted writing system this will increase accessibility and comprehensibility for Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw members. In a sense, this project is also a repatriation project–the return of the almost one hundred year old material from a cross-continental institution. This work can potentially serve as a foundation for indigenous education curriculum in the areas of language and culture as Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw personal names are embedded with an abundance of cultural information. Each name reveals a rich rendition of Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw history and genealogy. In addition, these traditional names are constructed in a particular way that combines (oftentimes) several word parts that each carry meaning and when strung together construct a beautifully crafted ‘name’. In all actuality, the name is only the tip of the iceberg of a complex cultural history. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Victoria en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.title Ikawegi’lakw en_US
dc.title.alternative (the)Maker of Good Things en_US
dc.type project en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Urbanczyk, Suzanne
dc.degree.department Program: Indigenous Education en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Education M.Ed. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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