Documenting the Language and Culture of Native Americans in Michigan
We plan to conduct a comprehensive digital audio documentation of the language and culture of the Chippewa native communities in MIchigan, by recording at least 100 hours of stories and life experiences of knowledgeable members of the communities (prominent story tellers and elders). The recordings will be prepared in the form of parallel audio, in Chippewa and English, sentence by sentence, which will facilitate automatic or semi-automatic processing. The data will also constitute a huge amount of cultural coverage. It is equivalent to 1,000 stories, at 1,000 words per story (cf. the cultural value of The Arabian Nights). It would offer a great wealth for cultural and literary studies, both for the native communities and for scholars at UM and beyond, for years to come. Importantly, we wish to frame the project as an audio digital publication, released under a Creative Commons license, in which the native contributors are authors and retain copyright to their work.
Presented at the DocDi discussion group, University of Michigan.
Presented at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Michigan, the Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, Institute of Ethnography and Anthropology, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences