Connecting Weblog to Research Interests

Since the start of this course, I have been thinking that I have a lot to learn from indigenous cultures around the world. Respectively, Ginsburg (2002) and Hearne (2008) speak of the efforts made ​​by communities in Australia and North America through the production of filmmaking to preserve and transmit their traditions. I am interested on learning about the effort done by aboriginal cultures of South America and Chile in order to preserve and diffuse their traditions through the promotion and distribution of media and the educational benefits of these actions.

According to Prins (2002) indigenous communities can develop cross-cultural communication through the World Wide Web. Aboriginal groups utilize media for educating their own communities, encouraging self-reflection, and communicating to the rest of the world. My weblogs postings will focus on the attempt of Chilean and South American indigenous groups to transmit and maintain their traditions through the production and sharing of media. I will search for websites, resources, projects and organizations that have worked on the cultural preservation of indigenous communities.  Particularly, I am interested on searching for resources about Chilean aboriginal traditions, such as Mapuche, Aymara and Rapa Nui, the most representative indigenous communities of Chile.

References:

Ginsburg, F (2002). Screen Memories Resignifying the Traditional in Indigenous Media. In: Ginsburg, F, Abu-Lug-hod, L, Larking, B. (Eds.) Media Worlds. Antropology on New Terrain. pp. 39-57. NJ: University of California Press. 

Hearne, J (2008). Indigenous Animation: Educational Programming, Narrative Interventions and Children’s Culture. In Wilson, P, Stewart, M. (Eds.) Global Indigenous Media. Cultures, Poetics and Politics. pp. 89-110. Durham: Duke University Press.

Prins, H (2002). Visual Media and the Primitivist Perplex. Colonial Fantasies, Indigenous Imagination and Advocacy in North Ameirca. In: Ginsburg, F, Abu-Lug-hod, L, Larking, B. (Eds.) Media Worlds. Antropology on New Terrain. pp. 58-74. NJ: University of California Press.

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