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New book: Global Indigenous Media

September 14, 2008

Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Poetics, and Politics edited by Pamela Wilson, Michelle Stewart:

via Kimberly Christen’s Long Road blog

In this exciting interdisciplinary collection, scholars, activists, and media producers explore the emergence of Indigenous media: forms of media expression conceptualized, produced, and created by Indigenous peoples around the globe. Whether discussing Maori cinema in New Zealand or activist community radio in Colombia, the contributors describe how native peoples use both traditional and new media to combat discrimination, advocate for resources and rights, and preserve their cultures, languages, and aesthetic traditions. By representing themselves in a variety of media, Indigenous peoples are also challenging misleading mainstream and official state narratives, forging international solidarity movements, and bringing human rights violations to international attention.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2008 2:00 pm

    This will move our understanding of indigenous communication way forward. In Nigeria, and some other African countries, led by Wilson (1998) we have, for years conceptualised indigenous media as those that were there pre-colonially. That surely excluded radio, TV etc. We drew a solid line betweeen indigenous media and community media. The latter involves everything used in a community. From this intro, it seems writers of the book have removed that line. I am interested in seeing see this book.

  2. September 26, 2008 9:31 am

    Hi Ayo. Thanks for that response. All the best with your blog on Nigerian media studies, it looks very promising. You may want to have a look at some of the media anthropology literature as well, see bibliography at

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