Using Xbox to preserve, spread Alaskan indigenous culture
September 27, 2015
A video game is harnessing technology to pass on Inupiaq culture to its people and introduce it to the world
Video games have grown into a $100 billion industry annually, with violent ones like “Grand Theft Auto” and “Mortal Kombat” topping the list. But there is one company, owned by an Alaska Native group, that is harnessing the power of video games for a more noble purpose: to connect Native youths to their culture, preserve their language and introduce a rich heritage to the rest of the world. In this excerpt from America Tonight, Jake Ward travels to the “top of the world” — Barrow, Alaska — to report.