As part of on-going efforts to revitalize Cree culture, we helped the Cree of Northern Quebec digitally capture and share Cree documents, media, and physical objects from the Aainschaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI). Using the iPhone, iPad, and Android apps, museum visitors can find objects, hear stories from elders and other visitors, and contribute their own stories. We also developed a web experience that integrates directly with mobile apps to allow visitors to tour the collections and share their knowledge.
The Cree territory in Quebec is vast and remote, covering an area 2/3 the size of France. The ACCI website is part of an effort to connect the institute and its cultural importance to Cree people located throughout the territory.
It was of key importance to the ACCI that their website facilitate the sharing of knowledge and stories, in keeping with Cree traditions. To satisfy this requirement the site enables visitors to not only learn about Cree culture and history but to also contribute their own stories through video, audio, and text-based features.
The ACCI website and apps have been incorporated into a core high school curriculum that encourages Cree youth to engage the elders to gather and share stories. In 2012 The International Council of Museums (ICOM) awarded the Cree Cultural Institute and HabitatSeven the “Silver Prize” in the Web’art Category for the website.