Module 4 weblog 5 (Chantal Drolet)

iPortal: Indigenous studies portal research tool

The Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) connects faculty, students, researchers and members of the community with electronic resources: books, articles, theses, documents, photographs, archival resources, maps, etc.

It is an initiative of the University of Saskatchewan Library.

Resources available:

  • The iPortal has more than 17,000 records.
  • This includes:
    • photos,
    • anthropological field notes,
    • diaries,
    • correspondence and
    • other textual documents

Links to other sites:

A great number of links to:

  • arts
  • business
  • community
  • first nations; tribes; reserves
  • government
  • health
  • history
  • indigenous knowledge
  • land claims
  • and more…

Usefulness for research on Indigenous knowledge, media, and community reality:

The indigenous Studies Portal provides one place to look to find resources for Indigenous studies.

In the section “Media and communication” alone (, you can find film critiques (films about aboriginals or made by natives themselves). You will also find excellent articles on images and stereotypes; as well as radio, audio and television information. There are references to websites; book reviews; theses, etc.

This site seems to be very reliable.


September 30, 2009   No Comments

Module 4 weblog 4 (Chantal Drolet)

Spirits for Sale

Theme: inspired by “Indian wannabes”




When Annika got a sacred eagle feather from a Native American visiting Sweden she realized that it was a very sacred object which should probably not be in her  hands. What was she supposed to do with it? Should she return it and if so, to whom?

Her quest to find the right owner took her deep into Indian communities, where she learned about the anger and sadness of traditional Natives.


”First they killed our people. Then they took our land. Now they steal our faith.”


But the indians are fighting back. This time the fight is not mainly about protecting life and land.

Instead they´re fighting to protect their culture.


But would the feather find an owner?


Resources available:

  • Information about various films festivals
  • Protection of ceremonies:
    • The information in Europe about Native Americans and Native Canadians is most often full of fantasies and lies. People in general know very little about American Indians and their general view is based on stereotypes, mascots and film clichés. In some cases the belief is that “Indians do not exist.” Europe has also seen a growing interest in so called Native American spirituality. Ceremonies and rituals together with sacred objects are being sold on websites and in papers. Cults and organisations offer people to become “an Indian shaman” or a medicine man during a weekend course. Seldom or never do Native voices get heard and because of the lack of information, con-men make a considerable amount of money while they violate the spirituality of mostly Plains Indians.

Links to other sites:




Usefulness for research on Indigenous knowledge, media, and community reality:

This film will address the issue of spiritual exploiters and the harm they do towards Native cultures but also to followers who, in many cases, “don´t have a clue”.

Address: (trailer for film)

September 30, 2009   No Comments