Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace combines academics, artists and technologists to empower First Nation communities through new media technologies. They have created virtual worlds, mentored projects such as Kahanawake Voices; an interactive community product in which individuals share personal stories. Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace also features articles and essays, along with a blog. This website is great to give an Aboriginal face to an area that is usual lacking in terms of multiculturalism.
A project called CyberPowWow is also discussed on the site. This on-line gallery and chat space for contemporary Aboriginal art is grown breaking and unique. It was through this CyberPowWow that the creators of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace realized that, even on the Internet, Native people need a self-determined place to call home.
In my search for sites detailing the topic of cultural appropriation, I found this great blog, written by Adrienne Keene (Cherokee), a doctoral student at Harvard University. Through this sit, Keene sheds light on the subject of cultural appropriation which provides a great entry into learning more about the subject of and to begin to have a discourse around the connotation of appropriation.
Module 2, Post 4
I found this site, Decolonization.org , when searching through resources about Urban Indigenous groups. I found the link to this blog post from March, and then followed through to the rest of the blog – which appears to be a community-centred extension of the online, peer-reviewed open access journal of the same name.
The most recent issue of the journal was released in May of this year, and includes a number of interesting sounding articles for academic purposes. Meanwhile, the blog seems to take a more ‘VICE’ style approach to Indigenous issues, with a recent focus on hip-hop and music. I look forward to sifting through both resources!