1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
The tools we had used: The telephone, blank tape, digital camera, scanner, tape recorder, computer software, libraries, books, advertising magazine, oral interview, cars, and stereo set, etc.
1. Phone：to contact interviews and meetings at home and in school. 2. Digital Camera: to photograph, offered by the school and teacher. 3. Scanner: to turn the picture or graphs into digital picture. 4. Magazine and Brochure: to organize the data, from the staffs working on site. 5. Software: to get on the Internet, to deal with pictures and to make web pages, sponsored by the parents. 6. Car: supported by the teacher and parents for going out for interviewing and searching data. 7. Library: the libraries in our school and Hualien Education College for searching data. 8. Books: the related books from the school or friends for studying. 9. Blank Tape: for recording the interview, bought from the supermarket。 10.Oral Interview: to gain the information and knowledge from the specialists in this field. 11.Portable Stereo: for taping in the interviews, supported by our own. 12.Stereo: for translating or organizing data.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
We gained the first hand data by talking on phone and interviewing on site. All of this success should be counted in the helps from the staffs in the Bureau of Aboriginal Administration, Grandma Lan-mei Huang, Aunt Jin-xiu Tian, Teacher Xiu-lan Hu, Teacher Mei-li Lian and the Jiamin Elementary School. We appreciate their time on understanding our introduction of the project and their patient explanation to make us realize well the weaving.
We found that people in Hualien understand the local culture basically. The old generation still has the good memory to the history or oral stories in the past. As someone is interested in these stories, old people would be enthusiastic to introduce and even to show the way to explore. On the other hand, the younger generation has less connection to the past. As inquiring the historic topics, young people would generate a series of questions. The fortune thing is that they had curiosity to know more with us. We consider this is the general case among young people in Taiwan. We shall have the basic understanding and the consents to our own environment.
The site that we were studying was not around our school. We visited the places and the persons by car usually. That was why we could take the photographs by our own. As studying in school before, the teachers would prepare everything for us to learn. The only thing we needed to do was memorizing the knowledge to gain good grade. This project was much different. From the beginning to the end, we prepared the material, contacted by phone and did everything by our own. The teachers were only being as “walking dictionary” for consulting only.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Respecting to Multi-culture: Our school has been founded over one hundred years. Multi-culture issue has been discussed and emphasized much for a long time. Our school has the certain proportion of the aboriginal students, just as the case that two aboriginal students are in our team. However, they only had a few ideas about their tribes. Through studying and exploring the Atayal weaving, this project had made us learn more and made the aboriginal students know more about the culture of their own.
Learning and growing: Through making the web pages, we had learned more computer knowledge; through going out for interviews, we had learned the oral methods to gain and inquire data; by searching in the libraries, we had gained the knowledge out of textbooks; by taking photographs, we had learned how to use digital camera; as taping the interviews, we realized this smart way to collect data. So many methods could help us learn some techniques and knowledge which we would never learn in the classroom. These methods made our web pages more complete.
Because some students in our team had attended the 2002 CyberFair, their experiences had been shared and led the others to work together. With our cooperation and the opinions shared in the team, the assignment of web pages had been going smoothly.
To young people today, the traditional weaving is too troublesome. But, the oldest and most traditional parts should be the most valuable ones. If we turned the traditional art working into the modern style, we would lose our ancient culture forever. Therefore, some people consider that the primal and traditional stuffs are better.
Working together is stronger: We were not always lucky during this project. Because of cooperation, we passed everything smoothly and successfully. After all, working together is stronger.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
This project is mainly conducted to introduce the weaving art of Atayal. All data for content was almost collected from the Atayal art studios. Even though the internet is a great source for data supporting, the information about Atayal weaving is limited and not enough. With the helps from the local studios, we can not have this abundant data. Several brochures and publications, such as “The Introduction to Living Art of Huanlien Aboriginals”, “The Introduction of the Aboriginal Folk Culture”, “The Introduction of Pulowan”…etc., made us have the general picture of the Atayal weaving immediately.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
We started from not knowing anything about weaving at all and became to introduce the weaving to others. The processes made us learn a lot and enjoy very much.
Lessons: At the beginning, we thought it was an easy project since the information system would help us everything in computer lab. We even expected to have rest time to play the game on computer. At the end, instead of playing the game on computer game, we almost could not finish our project. All of us got this lesson and reorganized a tough schedule to complete this project.
Discoveries： After touching so many things about weaving, we definitely had many discoveries. For example, we never thought that there are so many taboos in weaving. We also learned that the weaving had its totems and these represented different meanings.
Surprises: We were surprised as conducting the interviews. Every time we would meet the persons who were completely different from the former interviews. Sometimes we interviewed with the grandma. The feelings in such experience was friendly and grandfatherly; sometimes with the weaving teachers, the image became professional and smart; sometimes with the vice director in the Bureau of Aboriginal Administration, the image was unexpectedly funny and interesting. These different experiences made the interviews become a happy and interesting job.