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Toronto, Apr 9 (Canadian-Media): Indigenous students from OCAD University (formerly the Ontario College of Art and Design, a public university located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) in Toronto worked to bring to life cultural artifacts stored away at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) by creating new digital artwork, media reports said.
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Nine students in OCAD University's Indigenous Visual Culture program were able to each select an Indigenous cultural artifact from the museum's collections to stud, develop these in digital art projects and once completed will be stored in a digital space on the ROM's website.
Megan Feheley started working on her project in early September and found about three Cree-made hoods.
Feheley's digital project is a 3D rendering of the Woodlands Cree hood she's been spending time with. The final project will have interactive storytelling and sound elements.
"My hood might be digital but it's still a hood, it's still wrapped up in all that tradition and understanding," she said.
The overall project was conceived last summer with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, which was looking for Indigenous participation in Canada 150 in the form of a web project.
Bonnie Devine, an associate professor at OCAD University and the founding chair of the Indigenous visual culture program, said the idea was that Indigenous students would benefit by gaining access to the materials that are located in the ROM archive, and their experience could be translated into something that would reach across the province to other Indigenous populations.
Students have been working all year on their individual projects and will soon begin finalizing conceptualizations.
"We see this as an opportunity to 'requicken' these objects, to bring them back into their role in the community," she said.
"They have work to do, the objects do. They have a story to tell and our communities have been hungry for those stories."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)