Friday, February 11, 2005


A tribe moves online...

Neal Stewart Walker Spaight of the Second Life Herald has a fascinating profile of resident Duuya Herbst, who describes himself as a member of the Deeni people, a nearly extinct American Indian tribe from the Northwest. Duuya, as Spaight tells it, is recreating elements of his tribal culture in-world, as a way of conveying it to the outside world-- and preserving it:

Duuya’s goal is to keep the Deeni language alive (a language which was banned in early federal boarding and public schools) and to create a resilient community that can transcend IRC, SL or multiplayer games. “There is a big absence, a disconnection,” he says. “I find a tribal community is something missing from today’s world: a support structure.” His vision for the community is essentially open-ended, and he stresses that it is not necessary to learn the Deeni language in order to join: “I’d like to think the online version [of the Deeni] would be like a ‘family,’ in a sense. We spend enough time within these ‘worlds’ with each other.

Read the whole thing here.

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Hammie, that wasn't Walker's article. The reporter was Neal Stewart. Yet another chain smoking, bouron swilling reporter for the Herald!

Posted by: Urizenus Sklar at Feb 12, 2005 6:11:50 AM

Hmm, OK, I'll fix. I was confused, because Walker is credited as filing the entry, so I thought the other byline was his RL name. Then again, I'm confused why Second Life Herald suddenly morphs into Dragons Cove Herald when you click on an individual article.

Posted by: Hamlet Linden at Feb 12, 2005 9:38:04 AM

...not to mention how the Herald renders in Firefox... but I digress... :)

Posted by: Tony Walsh at Feb 12, 2005 4:16:32 PM

yes yes yes we are working on these issues.

Posted by: Urizenus Sklar at Feb 13, 2005 8:38:03 AM

I'll take credit for recruiting Neal to our stable, however!

Hamlet, if you start on the http://www.secondlifeherald.com/blog page (manually or via a bookmark or link) it behaves better. As soon as our new printing plant comes on line, all these problems should clear up.

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