Motion Capture Technology for Yukon Indigenous Storytelling

Outpost 31, a Whitehorse media and entertainment company, hopes to work with Indigenous communities in the territory by providing them with a motion capture suit. By making it possible to follow the positions and rotations of the body, this costume could be used during cultural education projects, in particular the sharing of local stories.

Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’ works with the Carcross Tagish First Nation as the company’s senior collaborator Outpost 31. He feels like a superhero when he wears the first motion capture suit available in the Yukon.

I’m like the Tlingit superhero, whom the kids look up to. A few people even call me Super Tlingit.

Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’, senior employee of the company Outpost 31

According to him, this costume offers many opportunities for storytelling and cultural education in his community.

Last week, he organized an activity during which he demonstrated the costume by dancing in front of students from the Ghùch Tlâ school. Students could simultaneously watch a live animation of his movements on a screen placed behind him.

I wanted everyone to see the good things that can happen and see that this gives us an opportunity to show more of our stories because a lot of our captions and stories are amazingasserts Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’.

Beyond dancing, he sees potential for using this costume in various cultural education projects, such as recording people speaking their language or a sculptor doing their work.

Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’ wears the motion capture suit while his movements are animated live on the screen behind him. Photo: Danielle d’Entremont/CBC

Jayden Soroka, the creator and lead animator at Outpost 31is also enthusiastic about the potential of this costume.

Young people can make a career out of logging data or working with elders, community members or storytellers to create a library of digitally curated content, stories and cultures, which can be shared any way they choose. ‘cominghe said.

The studio has no intellectual property rights to the stories, says Jayden Soroka. The First Nations using this technology will own the end product and decide how to archive it, distribute it and use it.

Ultimately, he hopes the studio can create a mobile storytelling support unit that includes motion capture and other technologies and can travel to various communities to offer its services where needed. would show interest.

We have access to the costume and it may be available for communities to save what they need. Our hope is to [développer et de renforcer les compétences] and create opportunitieshe says.

Two men stand in front of a mountain landscape and smile at the photographer.  The man on the left is wearing a black motion capture suit.

Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’ (left) and Jayden Soroka previously collaborated on a motion-capture animated film, titled The Provider, which tells the story of a first hunt. Photo: Danielle d’Entremont/CBC

At Carcross, this technology has already caught the attention of some. Eighth grade student Nord Bellancourt participated in the activity organized by Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’ by playing the drum.

It’s amazing because you can really get involved in your community and do projects outside of school and that’s really coolhe exclaims.

In the future, Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’ hopes to continue wearing the costume to inspire future generations to take matters into their own hands.

If I had to describe [mon superpouvoir]I would say he inspires everyone around me to do more, to behave better and to do what those before us did.he concludes.

With information from Danielle d’Entremont

HERE Far North

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