The Blue Mountain Public Library (BMPL) launched a series of films to introduce local Indigenous History in our community in a dynamic way. Our goal was to encourage patrons and to gain insight and understanding along with new perspectives.
This presentation will cover: the development of these films one a documentary and the other virtual reality film; the impact of these resources at home, across Ontario and around the world; the value of immersive experiences for indigenous and non-indigenous communities to make cultural connections.
Meet the team that brought these collections to life through film and gain insight into the long term relationship and impact this project has had for the indigenous community and our local community.
The BMPL has a diverse collection of media including archival and museum collections. These collections are key to sharing a connection to the first peoples who lived in our area, but have dispersed over generations. This resource was the basis of making two films, one a documentary the second a Virtual Reality film.
The short documentary will be shown and the speakers provide an understanding of how the films were made. The talk will cover making connections to Indigenous communities, dynamic content creation and its uses for programming, social and community development and the use of research partners to make these films really sing.
The film team connected with the Wyandotte of Kansas to bring their part of the story home and to make the connection between communities. The Wyandotte of Kansas see our community as their ancestral homeland and through this project now see the BMPL as a partner in knowledge preservation.
Creating a short documentary of our deep indigenous roots set the stage for community knowledge building and imagining a new future. Chief English of the Wyandotte of Kansas addressed personally her view of the dispersal of the Wyandotte as building resilient people who connect strongly to our community, even though they now reside in the United States.
The BMPL also created a virtual reality film to allow people around the world to visit a high escarpment edge site. Here you can visit a place that is inaccessible to many, including the indigenous community for which it was a scared space. Providing access virtually to all, including descendants, creates connections that are deep and long lasting. Accessibility to these resources across media platforms such as google VR and the internet expand the possibility of programming beyond our borders.
The BMPL are bringing knowledge and building connections between our indigenous and local communities through these dynamic programmes.