The first ethnography of the vibrant Aboriginal media community in Vancouver, Sovereign Screens uncovers the social forces shaping that community, including community media organizations and avant-garde art centers, as well as the national spaces of cultural policy and media institutions.
Kristin L. Dowell uses the concept of visual sovereignty to examine the practices, forms, and meanings through which Aboriginal filmmakers tell their individual stories and those of their Aboriginal nations and the intertribal urban communities in which they work. She explores the ongoing debates within the community about what constitutes Aboriginal media, how this work intervenes in the national Canadian mediascape, and how filmmakers use technology in a wide range of genres-including experimental media-to recuperate cultural traditions and reimagine Aboriginal kinship and sociality. Analyzing the interactive relations between this social community and the media forms it produces, Sovereign Screens offers new insights into the on-screen and off-screen impacts of Aboriginal media.
Kristin L. Dowell is an associate professor of anthropology at Florida State University. She is a visual anthropologist who has worked as a film curator at several Native film festivals.
List of IllustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Vancouver's Aboriginal Media World1. The Indigenous Media Arts Group2. Canadian Cultural Policy and Aboriginal Media3. Aboriginal Diversity On-Screen4. Building Community Off-Screen5. Cultural Protocol in Aboriginal Media6. Visual Sovereignty in Aboriginal Experimental MediaEpilogueAppendix: Filmmakers and FilmsNotesReferencesIndex