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Deciphering the Refusal of the Digital and Binary Codes of Sovereignty/Self-Determination and Civilized/Savage

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In this brief essay I will attempt to discuss the theoretical debates between sovereignty/self-determination and recognition/emancipation as it relates to Indigenous and global theoretical positions. The above debate will be framed through selected artworks such as, in Pursuit of Venus by Maori artist Lisa Reihana, and Cheryl L'Hirondelle's web-based Vancouver song lines project. This paper will be building on the idea that Indigenous engagement with digital and new technologies is unequivocally contemporary, and that their artwork is not stuck in the anthropological past for Indigenous artists working in this medium.
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Keywords: Indigenous digital and new media; emancipation; self-determination and recognition; sovereignty

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Winnipeg

Publication date: 01 December 2016

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