Why We Need to Talk About Indigenous Literature and 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... Read more

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 See the Novel Alliances New Media reading list here Following the 1997 launch of Skawennati’s (Mohawk) CyberPowWow, digital space has become a vital new territory... Read more

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.  See the Novel Alliances New Media reading list here Dowell, Kristen. “Vancouver’s... Read more

“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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

To Blog, or Not to Blog?: Social Media as Academic Practice

  Originally published as a feature article for the Simon Fraser University English blog  I’m a writer by profession and it’s totally clear to me that since I started blogging, the amount I write has increased exponentially, my daily interactions... Read more

Traditional Innovation: The Turn to a Decolonial New Media Studies

Skawennati. Time Traveller 852 Face-Off As a teacher, one of the core issues I run up against with my students in Indigenous literature and Indigenous studies classes is what Thomas King calls “the Dead Indian” (55): the fallacious notion that... Read more

Indigenous in Cyberspace: Hospitality and Kevin Lee Burton’s God’s Lake Narrows

Collage of interior shots from Gods Lake Narrows In 2010 Kevin Lee Burton (Swampy Cree) and Caroline Monnet (Algonquin) unveiled RESERVE(d) to the Winnipeg arts scene. RESERVE(d) welcomed “northern” guests into the homes of the residents of God’s Lake Narrows,... Read more