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Amazonian Tribes Are Working With Video Game Designers to Preserve Their Way of Life

Tuesday Mar 08, 2016 7:45 AM

Photo: YouTube/Beya Xinã Bena

There’s a new video game that’s not only meant to entertainment but to also help preserve the culture of indigenous communities in Brazil.

The game is called Huni Kuin: The Way of the Snake and it’s not your grandma’s video game.

According to Huffington Post, an anthropologist from the University of Sao Paulo worked with the Kaxinawa tribe to develop the game.

In the game, players will be able to play a couple of Kaxinawa twin who were conceived by an anaconda. The Huni Kuin website writes (translated by Google) that the twins inherited special powers that would help them turn into a healer (Mukaya) or an artist (kene).

The entire game play will see the twins go on a journey “to gain skills and knowledge of their ancestors, the animals, plants, and spirits… to become real human beings.”

“We decided the script and stories with them [the indigenous],” anthropologist Guilherme Meneses told Agencia Brasil, according to a Huffington Post translation. “They designed the prototypes, recorded the music and sound effects. Shamans narrated the stories.”

Menses told Agencia Brasil that his idea for the game was to raise awareness of the indigenous people by showing gamers what the indigenous is like.

Cultural Survival writes that there are about 370 million indigenous people in 90 countries around the world.

Hopefully, this game will help educate those who are misinformed about indigenous culture.

This article is brought to you by our partners at RYOT. Click here to view the original article on RYOT.org



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