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ERIC Number: EJ935646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
Indigenous Digital Storytelling in Video: Witnessing with Alma Desjarlais
Iseke, Judy M.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v44 n3 p311-329 2011
Indigenous digital storytelling in video is a way of witnessing the stories of Indigenous communities and Elders, including what has happened and is happening in the lives and work of Indigenous peoples. Witnessing includes acts of remembrance in which we look back to reinterpret and recreate our relationship to the past in order to understand the present. Pedagogical witnessing allows my reading, viewing, or listening to be an event in which I allow the understanding of someone else's life to interrupt my own life. This article begins with a discussion of a digital storytelling video project in which an Indigenous Elder, Alma Desjarlais--a Cree/Metis grandmother--shares stories to witness and help us understand the histories of trauma and the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples. Her stories are interspersed from the film, "Grandmothers of the Metis Nation" (Iseke, 2010a; to view a trailer for the film see that is part of the digital storytelling project and provides supplementary background information to support the social, political, cultural, and economic context of the stories. Alma's stories are followed by a discussion of witnessing and the ways that Indigenous digital storytelling, through the digital storytelling project with Alma Desjarlais, involve pedagogic witnessing. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada