Tag Archives: Indigenous art

Module 3 Post 5 (Jarrett Martineau)

Jarrett Martineau is a digital media artist, and academic whose work is focused on the relationships and interconnectedness of digital media, storytelling and social movements. His academic work focuses on how media can inform political resistance and action.

Though Jarrett’s work is extensive and includes very diverse content, I have posted a few notable projects below.


A CBC radio podcast that explores how Indigenous artists are reclaiming culture through music.

Revolutions Per Minute

A record label focusing on supporting the promotion and distribution on Indigenous music throughout Turtle Island. In addition to co-founding this label, Jarrett has also helped to distribute RPM’s music through their own streaming platform.

Decolonizing Media

Is a media producer, blog and apparel company that focuses on supporting community resistance through the reclamation of settler imagery. The goal of this organization is to challenge the false identities of Indigenous through remix culture.


Research 5 links Exploring Arts, Culture, Indigeneity and Technology

The more I research into art, technology and indigeneity, the more intrigued I am with the topic. There are many layers to the topic and it is constantly evolving as culture is not static and there is not one set definition of what culture is. In addition, technology continues to evolve so more layers become added including commodification and differing world views on this.


In the journal article, “Aboriginal theater: does ’sold out’ mean ’selling out’? “ The author discusses the disparity between Western Civilizations’ view of theater and the aboriginal point of view which encompasses a reflecting of spiritual truth as they see it. He highlights the complexities of ancient, traditional Aboriginal art forms and finds that the performing arts have been portrayed as primitive ritual lacking in the sophistication and complexity of contemporary western civilization. He speaks to the ethnocentric and naïve view that western thought purports and proposes that these art forms may be  difficult to interpret using western mode of thought.



In the journal article “From Colonialism to Multiculturalism? Totem Poles, Tourism and National identity in Vancouver’s Stanley Park”, the author reflects about the symbol of the totem pole and questions whose culture is represented, displayed and consumed. She questions whether or not they adequately capture the complicated and diverse histories and experiences of first nations people in the province of BC. She also discusses the use of totem poles as a statement of Canadian heritage and questions the Canadian Government’s use of them for their economic and cultural value. She writes further that the displays run the risk of minimizing the histories and legacies of aboriginal people within our nation.


In the article, “Authentic Inuit Art: Creation and Exclusion in the Canadian North”, the author discusses how Modern Inuit commercial arts grew out of the desires of multiple non-Inuit agencies and persons. He also discusses how these outside influences worked to create new art forms which were means of carrying out the will of these competing persons in a complex competition to control social and cultural relationships. These were appropriated by the Inuit and this new art gave them new strength to establish new economic, social and political institutions.  In all, the article examines the historical support and shaping of Canadian Inuit art in the 20th century,  and the consequences of outside influences.


In In the article, “Indigenous culture: both malleable and valuable”,  the author speaks to Ideological  tensions that arise with the effort to balance the preservation of cultural integrity with the selling of marketable wares.  She proposes further interdisciplinary research to develop an understanding that supports the long‐term sustainability of indigenous communities. She finds that existing discourse is currently dominated by non‐indigenous voices and Western tourism motivations, which need amelioration to better support the community‐based approach.


In the article, “The Artifice of Culture, Contemporary Indigenous Art and the Work of Peter Robinson”, the author discusses the huge effect   computing, Internet, and televisual technologies have had on the conditions of the production, reproduction, circulation, and consumption of cultural imagery. These technologies are fueling an economy and the commodification of art as culture.  Indigenous and non‐Indigenous perspectives on commodification are likely to provide different views. The article examines  the representation of contemporary,  ‘non‐traditional’ Indigenous art and the definition of cultural property and identity.



Settler Colonial Studies Blog.

Settler Colonial Studies Blog.

An interdisciplinary blog  that deals with colonial studies.  It is linked to the academic journal, Settler Colonial Studies.  The blog contains a link to a Ph-D dissertation on Indigenous art and decolonization by Jarrett Martineau entitled Creative Combat: Indigenous Art, Resurgence, and Decolonization.


Module 3 post 5

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society.

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society.

On online journal that describes itself as a peer reviewed, open sourced interdisciplinary journal devoted to decolonization.  One issue is devoted to indigenous art and decolonial struggle.  The journal presents a diverse selection of articles edited by decolonization scholar Jarrett Martineau.


Module 3 post 4

Native Tech: Contemporary Issues about Native American Art

Native Tech: Contemporary Issues about Native American Art

A collection of Annotated links to articles concerning issues in native American art.  The website looks at authenticity, consumer information, legislation and repatriation of native American art.  The website itself as a resource for indigenous ethno-technology focusing on the Eastern Woodland native people


Module 2 post 3

2.2: ACI Manitoba’s Indigenous Programs

Website: ACI Manitoba’s Indigenous Programs

ACI Manitoba is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting arts and culture in Manitoba. ACI places a special emphasis on indigenous programming, and offers a variety of workshops, courses, and seminars related to indigenous art and storytelling. The website also includes valuable resources for young indigenous artists. One resource that I found particularly useful was a Grant Writing Toolkit . The site also includes links to a plethora of Manitoban and Canadian organizations that can provide support to indigenous artists. 

Module 4, Post 4 – Centre for study, documentation and conservation of adivasi languages.

Bhasha (meaning speech) is one of the true centres of excellence for study, documentation and conservation of adivasi languages in India. http://www.bhasharesearch.org

It has actively founded and promoted a host of different causes like –

The People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI)Conceived as a project to capture how people identify, name and perceive what they speak, the survey also contains the stories of people’s origin, dispersal and relationship with the neighbouring cultures.

Budhan Theatre – A national platform for pooling the creative energies of nomadic communities, studying their traditional cultural practices and documenting and disseminating this information amongst wider society to bridge social differences and bring about attitudinal changes.


Module 4 | Post 4 Faces in the forest

Faces in the ForestThis book “Faces in the Forest: First Nations Art Created on Living Trees” by Micheal Blackstock.  The book is a guide to how First Nations experience the forest and how they create art to honor this sacred space.  It also talks about how traditional knowledge can be integrated into forest practices.  The book is created by someone who has knowledge and experience on all fronts….Micheal is a professional forester who works for the Ministry of Forests, a Gitxan person and artist and he is one of the first people to graduate from the Masters in First Nation studies at UNBC.  Google provides a preview of the book and the image to the right is linked to the site.  If the link does not work, the URL is https://books.google.ca/books?id=Att6_vQeQxoC&lpg=PP1&pg=PR16#v=onepage&q&f=false