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From the website:   "The CyberPowWow project, conceived in 1996, is part website and part "palace" --a series of interconnected, graphical chat rooms which allow visitors to interact with one another in real time. Together, the website and palace form a virtual gallery with digital (and digitized) artworks and a library of texts. All the works have been created specifically for CyberPowWow by emerging and established Aboriginal artists and writers.
From 1997 to 2004 CyberPowWow was also an event which took place every two years. The event marked new work being added to the palace, like an opening. Visitors were invited to log on from the comfort of their own computers, or, if they were feeling social (or did not have a computer of their own) they could attend via a Gathering Site. Gathering Sites were established across Turtle Island (North America) as welcoming, comfortable places where people could access computers, the Internet, friends and food. "

Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC)

From the website:  "AbTeC is a network of academics, artists and technologists whose goal is to define and share conceptual and practical tools that will allow us to create new, Aboriginally-determined territories within the web-pages, online games, and virtual environments that we call cyberspace. Our multi-faceted effort will include a storytelling series, an ongoing gamesnight, a modding workshop, Machinima, and performance art.
Our main objective is to identify and implement methods by which Aboriginal people can use new media technologies to complement our cultures. In other words, how can we use the exciting new tools now available on the personal computer to empower Native people, especially our youth, to both preserve and produce our knowledge, culture and language in this highly technological society? AbTeC's roots lie with a project called CyberPowWow, a pioneering on-line gallery and chat space for contemporary Aboriginal art. It was through CyberPowWow that we realized that, even on the Internet, Native people need a self-determined place to call home.

Peer Perspectives: Expressions of Aboriginal Youth

From the document: This guide is designed to bring issues affecting Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people into the classroom in a manner that speaks directly to youth. It provides interactive exercises that help us gain a better understanding of Canadian history and begins to overcome misunderstandings, prejudices and fears that adversely affect all Canadians. Promoting the principle of peer education, this guide encourages youth to actively listen to and learn from each other.

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