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Recoding Relations: Episode 2, Indigeneity in DH

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In Episode 2 we explore what Indigeneity might mean within the digital humanities. We listen to pieces by Jordan Abel, Michelle Nahanee, and Maize Longboat about their Indigeneity and how that manifests in the work they do. Jordan touches on his back story and how that inspired the creation of his book Injun; then we hear from Maize Longboat, who talks about the production of his video game, Terra Nova. At the time, Maize was still in the process of developing that game, so we hear about his process and inspiring factors. Finally, Michelle shares her experience creating the game Sínulhkay and Ladders. Michelle closes by explaining the goals of her Decolonizing Activity Book. (Written and produced by Autumn Schnell in collaboration with Melissa Haberl. David Gaertner is the Executive Producer).

Fun fact: A portion of Jordan’s most recent book, NISHGA, was presented as part of his keynote address at this symposium!

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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