Category Digital Humanities

Towards a Pedagogy of Closure

Remaining an outsider, in certain ways, might be the most respectful way you engage with another culture. If that is not enough for you, then you need to explore why that is. What access do you think you are owed? Why? How have you earned it? Who could appropriately give it to you? And, most […]

Why We Need to Talk About Indigenous Literature in the Digital Humanities

Will cyberspace enable old knowledge to be experienced and expanded or will cyberspace create the the present anew each day, so that there never again is tradition or a past? –Loretta Todd Over the holiday break, while the in-laws were transporting my family and I to an outdoor light show, I found myself caught up in […]

FNIS 454: Indigenous New Media and Digital Storytelling

FNIS 454: Indigenous New Media and Digital Storytelling Instructor: Dr. David Gaertner Email: david.gaertner@ubc.ca Overview Following the 1997 launch of Skawennati’s (Mohawk) CyberPowWow, digital space has become a vital new territory for the resurgence of Indigenous storytelling and cultural practice: “We have signed a new treaty,” Cree artist Archer Pechawis wrote of this period, “and […]

Bibliography for FNIS 401F: Indigenous New Media

Below is the reading list for FNIS 401F a special topics course I teach in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.  Dowell, Kristen. “Vancouver’s Aboriginal Media World.” Sovereign Screens: Aboriginal Media on the Canadian West Coast. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013. 1-20. Fish, Adam. “Indigenous Digital Media and the […]

“Poor Impulse Control”: Remediation as a Decolonial Reading Practice

In my Indigenous new media and digital storytelling class, my students and I use remediation as a means to interrogate text and to consider what sovereignty might mean in terms of art. Remediation—refashioning one media in another—provides the opportunity to question modernist binaries between old and new, tradition and innovation, and to make art in […]

How Should I Play These?: Media and Remediation in Never Alone

“Games 10,000 years in the Making.” -Slogan for Upper One Video Games, the first Indigenous Owned Video Game Company in the United States and creators of, Never Alone. When it comes to Indigenous-made video games what is the “new” of New Media. The 2014 video game Never Alone has been lauded as cutting-edge gaming (Peckham) and […]

Back to the Future: Sovereignty and Remediation in Skawennati’s Timetraveller™

Timetraveller™ is a love story. It’s a piece of science fiction. It’s a history of colonialism and Indigenous resistance. But of all these things Timetraveller™ is a story about media and remediation. This is not to say that the work is more of an aesthetic than political piece. It is to say, however, that the […]