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Recoding Relations: Episode 1, People Over Tools

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In Episode 1 of this 4 part podcast series, we discuss how people and relationships, rather than technology alone, are what hold the power to support Indigenous and decolonial futures. We talk about what being a good relation to Indigenous peoples and territories looks like in the digital humanities and we highlight research relationships and collaborations that work for and with community. We hear Sarah Dupont present on her work with the Indigitization project and Mark Turin discuss language revitalization and new media. We also cover some of the ongoing impacts of Western research on Indigenous peoples, and David Gaertner and Michael and Caroline Running Wolf offer guidelines for anyone seeking to work in Indigenous contexts. (Written and produced by Melissa Haberl in collaboration with Autumn Schnell. David Gaertner is the Executive Producer)

Recoding Relations is produced out of the Symposium for Indigenous New Media was a two-day event held on the traditional territory of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation as part of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). The symposium was a starting point for an extensive capacity building and knowledge mobilization project at DHSI that included the production of best practice materials and models to support Indigenous peoples and research in the digital humanities (DH). This initial symposium brought together scholars from across the social sciences and humanities, including Indigenous Studies, English, Psychology and Human Development, and First Nations and Endangered Languages. Scholars, students, artists, and community members collaborated closely with one another on a range of projects employing digital technologies in Indigenous contexts.

Overall Goals and Objectives of Recoding Relations

Recoding Relations documents an international event featuring a constellation of scholars with expertise in Indigenous studies and/or the Digital Humanities (DH) in order to mobilize rigorous and ethical models of research between the two fields. We were motivated by the following specific examples:

To read more about the Symposium for Indigenous New Media, read the the article on Critical Inquiry

See the Novel Alliances New Media reading list here

Episode 1, People Over Tools

Episode 3, Decolonial Digital

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