- One of my observations when I was teaching at a rural school with a large Aboriginal population of students was there connection with technology. I had made it a goal to increase the student’s access to computers in my classroom. So I gathered all the unused computers in the school and hooked them all up in the classroom. It gave the students an opportunity to access technology that they didn’t have at home. Most homes did not have the Internet, and therefore very few had computers. The only Internet people could get in town that was public was by siphoning the data from the school, the band store or the public library (which was a trailer opened 2 days a week).
Indigenous peoples have been amazingly adaptive and creative with new media technologies, applying them to their own lifeways and maintaining cultural boundaries rather than simply assimilating into the dominant social order. Communities that survived the cataclysmic forces of colonization are now telling their stories and constructing new forms of cultural power in the digital age.
Michael Marker. Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Poetics, and Politics by Pamela Wilson and Michelle Stewart, eds., Duke University Press (2008)
- The previous article talked about a seminar that Buffy Sainte-Marie conducted and I head to check her out. I heard of her before when I was teaching in Anahim Lake and she was visiting a town nearby. I never got to go to her event but it looks like it would have been very educational. I had no idea she had won an Academy Award for her song writing.
- Sainte-Marie helped found the Cradleboard project and to be honest I have never heard of it before. Lots of great teaching resources can be found here. Although I am having problems with accessing the web page. If I was still teaching elementary students this would be very usable for me.
- I had really wanted to tie what I was learning with what I had experienced with my teaching experience in Anahim Lake. I took my students on a field trip to an outdoor education camp and we had a great time. This podcast from the CBC show Unreserved covered a lot of things that I experienced with my students.
- Looks like the end of the journey. I had tried to do more research on Tasha Spillett but I think I’m at a dead end. There isn’t a lot here to go but I will pick up the trail another time.