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Title: Giigido (s/he speaks in Ojibwe): an architectural exploration of Ojibwe language learning in the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation
Authors: Roy, Brook-Lynn
Keywords: Anishinaabemowin;Ojibwe language learning;First Nation community identity;Architectural interpretation;Construction process;Architectural typology;Bentwood experimentation
Issue Date: 11-Apr-2023
Abstract: Acknowledging the endangered state of Indigenous Languages situated in the colonial narrative of Canada, this thesis investigates the capabilities of architecture as a tool to support existing language revitalization strategies. It presents a process of knowledge gathering, recording, and interpretation that identifies key concepts inherent to language and identity. Investigating topics through a lens of actions and processes, the body of knowledge is analyzed through the act of making. As a result of first-hand material explorations and community consultations, this thesis proposes an architectural typology unique to the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation community. The proposed typology represents a spatial interpretation of the Ojibwe language, inherently criticizing the continuously imposed Western concept of education and imposed architectural designs. As a kit of parts, the proposal is fully adaptable to meet the community’s needs and is intended to complement their residential expansion and language revitalization plans.
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