Hear the Stories

Experiencing the Sweetgrass Bear AR Stories

The AR stories created through the We Are All Related AR project and the COMM 597 graduate class were shared through the app HP Reveal. HP Reveal is no longer available after being discontinued in 2019.

Amanda Almond expanded the AR stories to additional Treaty 6 marker sculptures to co-create a story trail as part of her MA in Community Engagement thesis project. The AR story trail was co-created to challenge colonial narratives that privilege settler perspectives and to prompt reflection on Indigenous-settler relationships.

AR stories are now available at four Treaty 6 marker sculptures, included on the map below. You can view the stories by going to the below links, no app required.

Two stories, tānisi and Oral Understanding of Treaty, are included at each site. In addition, each site hosts two stories unique to that site.

Additional sites of interest have been added to the map below.

Tips for Listening to the AR Stories


  • Grant access to your device's camera and location when requested.

  • Be patient.

  • Move around the sculpture if you can’t see all the stories.

  • Recalibrate your device’s compass. Your device may prompt you to do this; mine will prompt me to wave it in a figure-8 pattern.

  • Have a fuller battery charge. Your device will be using the camera, location, and playing videos. This can use a lot of battery power.

  • Click the speaker icon to hear the audio, it is automatically muted.

  • Your device may initially indicate there are no objects (AR objects) nearby. This is usually because it's still determining your location.

Troubleshooting

If you are near one of the four Treaty 6 marker sculptures indicated above but your device isn't finding the stories, check the orange circle at the bottom left. Dots in the circle will indicate stories within range.

If you don't see any AR content or dots within the circle, click the map view.

Here my device's GPS has located me near the Central Academic Building on North Campus, out of range of the stories. I was actually farther southwest of this location. When I walked a few feet further, the map showed me within range of the stories. GPS accuracy can depend on your device and on the environment of the location.

Click on live to go back to the AR story view.

What should it look like when things are working?

Campus Saint-Jean Example

Here are two stories visible at Campus Saint-Jean. Clicking on these title images will start and pause the stories.

North Campus Example

One story visible at North Campus. You can see the three other stories in the four dots in the circle on the bottom left. The speaker icon on the bottom right indicates it needs to be clicked to hear the audio.

Contact

For questions, comments or feedback, please email sweetgrassAR@ualberta.ca .

If you are a student curious about the project, please don't hesitate to reach out.