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ERIC Number: EJ902717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Under the IAIA Dome: Acclaimed Filmmaker Inspires Students to Tell Stories with New Media
Freeman, Janet
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v21 n3 p18-20 Spr 2010
The first thing J. Carlos Peinado tells his students is that every good story begins with a story. Peinado chairs the New Media Arts Department at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, New Mexico). He lives what he teaches. Before coming to IAIA, he worked as a professional filmmaker, most recently training his lens on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, where he spent much of his childhood. Peinado sees his experiences, both living at Fort Berthold and later, as a prep and college student on the East Coast, as beneficial to teaching American Indian students. These days, his mission is to turn IAIA's film program into one of the best in the nation. His eye is on a new project--a technological acquisition sure to inspire fresh meaning to the term "new media" arts. Like most great stories, this one starts with a chance encounter. It was 2008, and Peinado was attending an educators' conference at the University of New Mexico (UNM, Albuquerque, New Mexico). There he met Dave Binney, a member of UNM's faculty, who offered to show him the school's dome facility. Quick to see the possibilities for the dome beyond its standard use as a planetarium, Peinado envisioned it as a fantastic storytelling device, a "virtual kiva," whose possibilities he immediately sought to bring to IAIA. He hopes the dome will attract scientists and researchers from all over the state. An important step to ensuring IAIA's New Media Arts Department will experience continued success no matter who sits at the helm.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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