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Humanist Archives: March 13, 2019, 6:56 a.m. Humanist 32.541 - ikiaqqijjut: localising technology across cultures

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        Date: 2019-03-12 23:21:34+00:00
        From: lachance@chass.utoronto.ca
        Subject: ikiaqqijjut


Intercultural understanding via a retweet by author William Gibson of an
article the Huffington Post picked up from Arctic Deeply.


The Inuktitut word for internet, 'ikiaqqijjut,' is often translated as
'the tool to travel through layers.' But Eva stresses that it needs more

'The idea is that when shamans  are in their trance, they can go anywhere
around the world, including the moon,' Eva says. 'When our elders heard
there was the first man on the moon, they said, "They are not the first.
We have been there and done that," because shamans have been there.
Shamans would travel in a trance; if they want to check on their family
far away, they can visit them and see how they're doing.'



The article goes on to note " English drives computer terminology and
localizing it to a new language, with a completely different linguistic
logic, was a mammoth task."

Francois Lachance

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