Games as Empowerment: Kisima Ingitchuna (Never Alone)

I have previously introduced examples of websites and applications, but this time I want to present a game.

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) has been developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat of Alaska, and tells the story of a young Iñupiat girl and an arctic fox. It is produced by storytellers, Native elders and other community members.

The player, in the role of the young girl Nuna and the arctic fox, meets challenges and adventures along the story in the Arctic landscape.

Never Alone is not only a beautifully designed game. It is also a means for using games for passing on knowledge about language, culture and storytelling.

As it reads beautifully on the website: “Never Alone leverages the power of videogames to share, celebrate and extend culture. These World Games will empower indigenous communities around the world to share their stories in an authentic, engaging, and entertaining way.”

It is a unique and promising example, and a source of inspiration.

And, since recently, it is also available in Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish… giving a new meaning to the game in other indigenous contexts.

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