Vol. 8 No.2 (2023)

The role of digital humanities in the preservation of indigenous knowledge at the National Museums of Kenya

Afline Susan Awuor
The Technical University of Kenya
aflineawwuor@gmail.com

Grace Wambui Kamau
The Technical University of Kenya
grace.kamau6@gmail.com

Ashah Owano
Technical University of Kenya
maryowino715@gmail.com

Abstract

Rationale of Study – Digital humanities offer new possibilities for preserving and sharing indigenous knowledge. This paper investigates the role of digital humanities in preserving indigenous knowledge at the National Museums of Kenya. The objectives are to determine the extent to which digital humanities are used in the management, preservation and showcase of indigenous knowledge at the National Museums of Kenya and establish the challenges and opportunities in the use of digital humanities in the preservation of indigenous knowledge.

Methodology – A qualitative research method was adopted to collect qualitative data from the literature review and purposely selected museum staff through interviews. Data was analysed thematically.

Findings – The findings indicate that preservation and management of indigenous knowledge are crucial for maintaining cultural identity, facilitating knowledge sharing, and raising awareness about the richness and diversity of indigenous cultures in Kenya and beyond.

Implications – The study's results can serve as a model for similar initiatives in Africa and beyond.

Originality – This is an original paper which investigates the role of digital humanities in preserving indigenous knowledge at the National Museums of Kenya.

Keywords

Culture, heritage, digital humanities, knowledge sharing, modernisation, globalisation