Video game aims to preserve water through traditional songs

Elizabeth LaPensée is well known in gaming circles. She has created Indigenous characters for online gaming, comics and animation. She creates games with positive game play and cultural teachings. Her latest game is called Honour Water.
Honour Water was developed by Elizabeth LaPensée. ( honourwater.com)
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Elizabeth LaPensée is well known in gaming circles for creating Indigenous characters for online gaming, comics and animation.

She also creates games with positive play and cultural teachings. Her latest, Honour Water, is aimed at teaching the Ojibway language, also known as Anishinabemowin, and teachings about the sacredness of water.

There are three songs that players can sing along with and learn.
Elizabeth LaPensée (Nadya Kwandibens/Red Works)

"All of these songs are available to be shared with all people because we understand that at this point we are at such a crisis with water that it is really important for us to share our teachings about how songs truly can heal the waters and that this is part of our role," said LaPensée.

Requests from communities and being part of a traditional singing group inspired LaPensée to create the game.

"When I was living on the West Coast, water songs would come to me and I was asked by elders and community members to share those songs."

She is cognizant of taking cultural teachings and combining it with technology for the public to enjoy and learn from.

"Every step of the way, it's always about asking our elders and our community members. So that's why the water songs in this game are all newly written. And they are being created in a sense out of the urgency."


Honour Water is available at the App Store for iPad and is being exhibited in the Digital Media Art+Cade at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.