Presenter Information

Noah Ha'alilo Solomon
Dannii Yarbrough


Phyllis J. Washington College of Education, ALI Auditorium

Start Date

13-6-2022 2:15 PM

End Date

24-6-2022 3:45 PM


In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn practical skills for creating animated videos of traditional stories for use in community language reclamation efforts. Curriculum centered within Indigenous storytelling prioritizes place-based education and alternative literacies that are essential to Indigenous knowledge systems while reinforcing the validity of Indigenous traditions of language transmission and destabilizing the hegemony of Western pedagogical practices. Each day we will begin with a presentation and discussion of different topics from Indigenous scholarship in pedagogical methods as they relate to developing appropriate animated videos, including linguistic features of narratives, and potential applications of animated traditional stories in language reclamation efforts.

The second half of each day will be dedicated to learning technological skills for making animated videos, including work time under the guidance of the facilitators. Participants will receive hands-on experience animating a short story of their own choosing which they will be able to bring back to their respective communities. Digital and non-digital animation processes are possible, depending on the technology available. Participants do not need previous art or animation experience to attend this workshop. We will use examples from our current project of animating moʻolelo ‘ōiwi (traditional stories) within the context of reclaiming ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi to guide the workshop. We will conclude with a discussion on how these culturally appropriate animated videos can be used for both teaching and assessment and can also be expanded to empower students in their language reclamation efforts.


Pedagogy (language teaching/learning); Technology

Animation Guide.pdf (45870 kB)
Animation Guide

Grant-Writing Guide _ Annotated Bibliography.pdf (633 kB)
Grant-Writing Guide and Annotated Bibliography