Cultural use of ICT4D to promote Indigenous knowledge continuity of Ngarrindjeri stories and communal practices

Jelina Haines, Jia Tina Du, Aunty Ellen Trevorrow

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While there is a considerable amount of interest in information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) in the Indigenous communities, it remains limited to those who can afford it and have the skills and knowledge to implement the technology and access appropriate digital tools. Hence, Indigenous communities are continually stigmatized as marginalized, leading to a cultural misrepresentation of histories that affects the continuing information disparity between Indigenous and Western knowledge systems, particularly the insufficient technology infrastructure designed for traditional users. In this article, ICT4D was conceptualized as a digital platform to support Senior Ngarrindjeri Elder Aunty Ellen Trevorrow in continuing her practice of weaving and storytelling throughout the pandemic. In this context, the community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles within the structure of video ethnography were qualitatively designed to implement the ICT4D project culturally and ethically. Video recordings, image data, transcriptions, and the Ngarrindjeri ICT4D Pondi (Murray Cod) framework were embedded to justify the findings and the aim of illustrating Aunty Ellen's knowledge-sharing process to online learners. Likewise, the results demonstrate the positive and negative impact of COVID-19 on the continuity and orality of Aunty Ellen's cultural stories and practices. The future continuity of Aunty Ellen's knowledge ought to consider the inconsistency of technological infrastructure in regional areas, her waning health, and the interconnectedness of oral expertise, which often pose challenges. This study is a small step toward a better understanding of the value of oral knowledge; emphasizing the creation of e-learning weaving instructional videos is valuable for future digital management of Indigenous knowledge relevant to LIS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1449-1462
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number12
Early online dateSept 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


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