Skins 5.0 – He Ao Hou

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About Skins 5.0 – He Ao Hou

Standing upon a foundation of our culture, language, and practices, we can see across vast distances, even to new worlds. “He Ao Hou,” A New World, is a short video game that is the product of Kanaeokana’s collaboration with the Montreal-based Initiative for Indigenous Futures. IIF ran a three-week workshop that gave haumāna room to envision sustainable new worlds for Hawaiian moʻolelo and values to populate and then gave them the skills necessary to bring them into being. In the final five days of the workshop, the participants created this Hawaiian-language game based on an original story they had come up with, set in a universe filled with our stories and traditions. They did everything from coding to graphics to voice acting. Download the game and immerse yourself in the new world that these haumāna have imagined.


Development: Skins 5.0 Skins Summer Institute
Produced by: Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (Abtec)
ESRB Rating: N/A
Platforms: MAC, PC
Link: Skins 5.0 – He Ao Hou

Skins 4.0 – Ienién:te and the Peacemaker’s Wampum

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About Skins 4.0 – Ienién:te and the Peacemaker’s Wampum

Skins 4.0 took place from May 27 to June 14, 2013 at Concordia University in Montreal. During this three-week intensive workshop, participants created a game with some brand new characters. Ienién:te and the Peacemaker’s Wampum follows our heroine, Ienién:te (yeh-YAWN-day), home from University with her brand new Archeology degree, as she is visited in a dream by a bear spirit. The spirit tells her of evil wrongdoings nearby–which only she can set right. Using a combination of the school smarts she brings home from University and the traditional knowledge that she learns from her grandmother in the game, Ienién:te avoids security guards’ flashlights and solves increasingly difficult puzzles to reach an ancient, sacred and powerful artifact– the Peacemaker’s original wampum. The wampum was stolen by her evil archaeology professor, who is using their power to fuel his own immortality. Only by rediscovering her culture and returning the artifacts can she foil the corporate aspirations of world domination and protect the worlds from the powerful ancient evils they had carelessly unleashed.


Development: Skins 4.0 Skins Summer Institute
Produced by: Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (Abtec)
ESRB Rating: N/A
Platforms: PC, Web Browser (Unity)
Link: Skins 4.0 – Ienién:te and the Peacemaker’s Wampum

Skins 3.0 – Skahiòn:hati: Rise of the Kanien’keha:ka Legends

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Skins 3.0 – Skahiòn:hati: Rise of the Kanien’keha:ka Legends

 

About Skins 3.0 – Skahiòn:hati: Rise of the Kanien’keha:ka Legends

Skins 3.0 took place from March 2012 to July 2012 at Concordia University in Montreal. Some of the participants of both Skins 1.0 and Skins 2.0 wanted to continue working on their game. So we decided to merge the stories, creating Skahiòn:hati: Rise of the Kanien’keha:ka Legends.


Development: Skins 3.0 Skins Summer Institute
Produced by: Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (Abtec)
ESRB Rating: N/A
Platforms: MAC, PC
Link: Skins 3.0 – Skahiòn:hati: Rise of the Kanien’keha:ka Legends

Skins 2.0 – Skahiòn:hati: Legend of the Stone Giant

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About Skins 2.0 – Skahiòn:hati: Legend of the Stone Giant

Skins 2.0 Skins Summer Institute took place from July 16 – 29, 2011 at Concordia University in Montreal. Using the Unity game engine, participants completed one level of a game called, Skahiòn:hati: Legend of the Stone Giant.


Development: Skins 2.0 Skins Summer Institute
Produced by: Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (Abtec)
ESRB Rating: N/A
Platforms: MAC, PC, Web Browser (Unity)
Link: Skins 2.0 – Skahiòn:hati: Legend of the Stone Giant

Skins 1.0 – Otsi: Rise of the Kanien’keha:ka Legends

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About Skins 1.0 – Otsi: Rise of the Kanien’keha:ka Legends

Skins 1.0 was prototyped at Kahnawake Survival School from September 2008 to June 2009. The students designed a game called Otsi: Rise of the Kanien’keha:ka Legends. Otsi: won the Best New Media Award at imagineNative 2010.


Development: Kahnawake Survival School
Produced by: Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (Abtec)
ESRB Rating: N/A
Platforms: PC, Unreal
Link: Skins 1.0 – Otsi: Rise of the Kanien’keha:ka Legends

Hair Nah

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Hair Nah

 

About Hair Nah

A travel game about a black woman who is tired of people touching her hair.


Development: Momo Pixel, Allison Berg, Oliver Rokoff, Mulu Habtemariam, Trent Johnson, Brandon Broadus
Produced by: Ritchie Richards, Ashley Davis-Marshall, Emily Weltman, Jessica Wiley, Jason Kreher, Matt Sorrell
ESRB Rating: N/A
Platforms: Web Browser
Link: Hair Nah

Thunderbird Strike

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About Thunderbird Strike

In the 2D sidescroller Thunderbird Strike, fly from the Tar Sands to the Great Lakes as a thunderbird protecting Turtle Island with searing lightning against the snake that threatens to swallow the lands and waters whole.


Development: Elizabeth LaPensée, Adrian Cheater, Aubrey Jane Scott, NÀHGĄ, Kaitlin Rose Lenhard
Produced by: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
ESRB Rating: N/A
Platforms: PC
Link: Thunderbird Strike