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Module 4 Post 1 (Rebeka Tabobondung)


I have chosen to highlight the work of academic, artist, media artist, poet and Wasauksing First nation member,  Rebeka Tabobondung because of how she weaves her artistic practice with her academic analyses. Through her multidisciplinary work, Rebeka highlights the importance of self determination through the construction of autonomous Indigenous media. She describes these connections in the following writing: Indigenous Perspectives on Globalization: Self determination Through Autonomous Media Creation.

Her Poetry


We are waking up to our history
from a forced slumber
We are breathing it into our lungs
so it will be part of us again
It will make us angry at first
because we will see how much you stole from us
and for how
long you watched us suffer
we will see how you see us
and how when we copied your ways
we killed our own.
We will cry and cry and cry
because we can never be the same again
But we will go home to cry
and we will see ourselves in this huge mess
and we will
gently whisper the circle back
and it will be old and it will be new
Then we will breathe our history back to you
you will feel how strong and alive it is
and you will feel yourself become a part of it
And it will shock you at first
because it is too big
to see all at once
and you won’t want to believe it
you will see how you see us
and all the disaster in your ways
how much we lost
And you will cry and cry and cry
because we can never be the same again
But we will cry with you
and we will see ourselves
in this huge mess
and we will gently whisper the circle back|
and it will be old and it will be new.


Red Man Laughing Podcast: Interview

Award from U of T

Muskrat Magazine

Entry 4: imagine NATIVE

Imagine Native is a Toronto based Indigenous run media company. They are a non-profit society with the aim of  distributing a breadth of Indigenous created media content. In addition to organizing film festivals and screenings, they offer workshops and resources for emerging artists (http://www.imaginenative.org)

Hidden in their publication page, there are numerous topical essays related to arts and technology. This content is worth a lengthy glance.  They also offer a quick preview for their film festival content.

This is a great resource to find films that are not advertised or supported by large format media.


Norval Morrisseau Blog

Norval Morrisseau Blog

The Norval Morrisseau Blog is dedicated to Woodland Cree Artist, Norval Morrisseau.  A good deal of the site deals with the controversy over the authenticity of many pieces of his work. It is a sad story as to how traditional indigenous culture can be exploited.   I had the opportunity to see many of his painting at the NimKee Gallery in M’Chigeegn.  It was incredible to see  use of contrasting colour  in his work transform in the light at dusk.  


Module 1 post 3


Module 3.2 – imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival

The imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival began in 1998 and is a festival that supports Indigenous artists in the media arts.  Their mission is to dispel the stereotypes placed on Indigenous people through the work from within their communities.  This website has information about previous festivals and all the artists who have participated in them.   If you click on “Films and Videos” you will be able to view films and videos in the 2014 festival.  There are over 100 films and videos in this collection.

Module 3.1 -“Indigenous Youth Screen Media: Next Generation Production and Practice” by imagineNATIVE Programming on Vimeo.

The indigiTALKS Video Essay Project consists of three 10-minute video essays from three Ontario-based Indigenous artists sharing their unique perspectives on Indigenous screen media.  The first artist talks about Indigenous artists creating films that fit into mainstream “Hollywood” movies.  She wishes to create films that do not conform to mainstream culture.  She questions if these films would even be recognized if it’s not conforming to mainstream culture?  The second artist’s video essay was about feeling out of place by stepping out of one’s comfort zone.  The last artist wanted to bring out voice in her essay.  Since the Aboriginals were denied a voice throughout history her piece represented evidence of voices reclaiming their voice and self-representation and saying “we will not be silenced”.  The indigiTALKS premiered at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and is available digitally by request at http://imaginenative.org/home/indigiTALKS