February 10, 2007

Preserving culture in 3D

A Tribe Turns to 3-D Animation for Modern StorytellingIn a stately country house on a quiet stretch of upstate New York dominated by agribusiness, an American Indian tribe is using high-tech animation to preserve hundreds of years of history.

Until now, members of the Oneida Indian Nation had passed down through oral tradition the story of “The Raccoon and the Crayfish,” a morality lesson about the consequences of lying. Now, the Oneidas plan to share the tale with the public with the same 3-D technology used by Pixar Animation Studios to make hits like “Toy Story.”

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