Reviving an Indigenous Rainforest Sign Language: Digital Oroo’ Adventure Game

Tariq, Zaman and HHeike, Winschiers-Theophilus and Alvin, W. Yeo and Lai, Chiu Ting and Garen, Jengan (2015) Reviving an Indigenous Rainforest Sign Language: Digital Oroo’ Adventure Game. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, 15 (69). pp. 1-4. ISSN 0094243X

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The extinction of indigenous languages, which convey cultural worldviews, remains a continued threat to cultural heritage preservation. The nomadic Penans in the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo, have developed Oroo’, their own forest sign language, to communicate with each other. Yet with recent developments the younger generations are drawn more to technology than engaging with their surrounding forest, only vaguely remembers few signs. In this paper, we present one of our initiatives to reintroduce Oroo’ to the younger Penan generation by digital means. Under the auspices of a long term collaboration with the Long Lamai community we have developed and evaluated a first digital Oroo’ adventure game for the children. Results show a general interest in digital games with indigenous Penan contents albeit with a slight learning curve only. The project efforts rely on local community’s active participation and using indigenous wisdom as an essential component to digitalize and preserve the language further.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Sustainable Community Transformation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous Rainforest Sign Language, Penan, Digital Oroo’ Adventure Game, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations
Depositing User: Saman
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 07:23
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2022 03:22

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