Motion capture technology for Yukon indigenous storytelling

Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ uwóox’ works with the Carcross Tagish Indigenous Nation as a senior company officer. Outpost 31. He feels like a superhero when he puts on the Yukon’s first motion capture suit.

I’m like a Tlingit superhero that kids look up to. Some people even call me a super Tlingit. »

Quote from Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ uwóox’, senior employee at Outpost 31

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

Last week, he organized an event during which he showed off the costume while dancing in front of the students of the Ghùch Tlâ school. Students could simultaneously watch live animation of his movements on the screen located behind him.

I wanted everyone to see the good things that can happen and see that it gives us the opportunity to show more of our stories because a lot of our captions and stories are amazing.states Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ uwóox’.

In addition to dancing, he sees the potential for using this costume in various cultural and educational projects, such as recording people speaking their language, or a sculptor doing his work.

Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ uwóox’ wears a motion capture suit and his movements are animated live on a screen behind him.

Photo: Daniel d’Entremont/CBC

Jayden Soroka, creator and lead animator at Outpost 31also delighted with the potential of this costume.

Young people can make a career out of logging data or working with elders, community members or storytellers to build a library of digital content, stories and cultures that can be shared in any way they choose.he said.

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

Ultimately, he hopes the studio will be able to create a mobile storytelling support unit that includes motion capture and other technologies, and be able to travel to different communities to offer their services where needed.

We have access to the costume and communities can 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 uwóox (left) and Jaden Soroka previously worked together on a motion capture animated film called The Provider, which tells the story of the first hunt.

Photo: Daniel d’Entremont/CBC

At Carcross, this technology has already caught the attention of some. Eighth grader Nord Bellancourt took part in the event organized by Keinas.áx̱ Łdóos Kaanáx̱ Ḵuwóox’, playing drums.

It’s amazing because you can really get involved in your community and do projects outside of school, which is really cool.he exclaims.

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

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

According to information from Daniel d’Entremont.

Advertising banner with text: Explore the stories of the Great North, HERE is the Great North