Spark 174 - March 4 & 7, 2012

On this episode of Spark: Electric Powwows, Speaking Indigenously, and Claiming Cyberspace. It's part of CBC's special programming called 8th Fire: Aboriginal Peoples, Canada & The Way Forward. Click below to listen to the whole show, or download the MP3 (runs 54:00).

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Speaking and Texting Indigenously


Indigenous language activist Dustin Rivers blogs and podcasts to teach Squamish to youth whose parents and grandparents can't speak the language. His big dream is to use the internet to cre­ate a new tribe of lan­guage speak­ers. (Runs 8:17)

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Claiming Cyberspace


Concordia University professor Jason Lewis creates web videos about time traveling Mohawk characters so that Aboriginal kids imagine their place in the future. (Runs 7:42)

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The Electric Powwow


Deejay and visual artist Bear Witness from A Tribe Called Red remixes powwow music and videos of Aboriginal people to attack stereotypes-on the dance floor and online. (Runs 7:10)

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#indigenous - Aboriginals & Social Networks


Candis Callison, Professor at the UBC School of Journalism, starts a new research project to study how First Nations people use social media to govern, organize politically, and keep in touch. We also hear from Susan O'Donnell about surveillance on Facebook, Don Bain on using Twitter to bypass the mainstream media, Angie Morris on Aboriginal-owned networks, and Candice Hopkins on indigenous aesthetics on YouTube. (Runs 24:13)

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