The Native community population is booming as youth (under age 35) represent over 50% of Native Canada. Although this is considered a baby boom you must also consider the flip side. Elders, Healers, Teachers and Community Leaders are passing on and Aboriginal teachings are buried with them. This problem has inspired the younger generation to create production entities and contribute to the subsistence of their communities. Repatriation issues still exist in order to acquire missing artifacts, artwork, music and ceremonial vessels. However, the younger generation has incorporated multimedia companies in hopes to encapsulate their culture through video, audio and print design. This is their way of preventing the loss of any more sacred treasures yet make them accessible to the world under the proper guise. One new method of preserving their culture is to digitize stories for upcoming generations to learn from. But how do they honour the oral tradition and record sacred knowledge without crossing the line? A great way to honour the oral tradition is to sit with the Elders and Teachers in person and listen to what they have to say. To honour this privilege, many Aboriginal producers are morphing their teachings into new stories that were derived from their own dreams, experiences or visions. As a result, storytelling CD’s, electronic art and video documentaries have blossomed into motivational multimedia. The oral tradition is upheld by preserving the moral and/or good intention of the story they heard without plagiarizing the teachings that were bestowed upon them.
Although it’s a fine line to walk between the digital world and oral tradition, the commonality is that they can preserve their culture through digital media processes and follow cultural protocol at the same time. In the end, the purpose of the multimedia movement in the Aboriginal community is to bring people together through the beauty of their teachings which have a universal appeal.