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MT-268952-20Public Programs: Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping GrantsTexas Christian UniversityA Strong Fire: An Oneida Language and Culture App for Children and Families (Prototyping category)3/1/2020 - 4/30/2021$99,222.00Wendi Sierra   Texas Christian UniversityFort WorthTX76129-0001USA2019Native American StudiesDigital Projects for the Public: Prototyping GrantsPublic Programs992220992220

Prototyping of an online interactive game using Oneida folklore to explore Oneida language, culture, and, philosophy.

The proposed project is an online game for elementary aged children and their parents to introduce them to and support their learning of Oneida language and culture. The game will be structured around the “Thanksgiving Address,” a traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) address that thanks the earth and the environment for all that they give to humanity. The game will include narratives recounting Oneida folklore, with targeted vocabulary introduced throughout based on the content of the stories. Game development will involve collaboration with Oneida tribal organizations as well as with indigenous scholars and artists. A Strong Fire is built on two important and interrelated humanities themes: the experiencing of oral literature, and the introduction to Oneida culture and philosophy via the language, especially the Oneida belief in the Good Mind, which includes recognizing the interconnectedness of all beings and showing gratitude and respect to all beings.