Questioning Assumptions and Exploring Realities
Edited By Heather M. Pleasants and Dana E. Salter
Chapter 6: You Want to Do What with Doda’s Stories? Building a Community for the Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling in Digital Media
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You Want to Do What with Doda’s Stories? Building a Community for the Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling in Digital Media
Jason Edward Lewis and Skawennati Fragnito
Who We Are and How We Came to Be
Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC) is a research network of artists, academics and technologists centrally concerned with Indigenous representation in, and production of, digital media (AbTeC, 2008). AbTeC investigates and identifies ways for Indigenous peoples to tell our stories via networked technologies, and in so doing, strengthen our communities while proactively participating in shaping cyberspace. We are based at Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec.
We had been thinking, talking and making artwork about Aboriginal representation in webpages, virtual environments and software for years when, in 2004, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) offered a new grant program focused on creating and supporting Aboriginal research networks (SSHRC, 2011). This program was unique in several ways that were key to AbTeC’s launch. First, it provided a concrete framework within which to articulate the conversations we had been having with colleagues within both the academy and the Aboriginal arts community regarding the lack of Indigenous characters and stories in popular media in general and in cyberspace in particular. We had been engaging a wide range of people on this topic, with the seminal conversation taking place in 2003 at the Skinning Our Tools symposium (Banff Centre for the Arts, 2003) with...
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