By Graeme K. Ward, Claire Smith
Globalization creates either dangers and possibilities for indigenous peoples. This e-book describes profitable options which were utilized by indigenous peoples to advertise and shield their identities and cultural values within the face of pressures coming up from an interconnected global. The textual content contains a cross-discplinary integration which takes a holistic strategy - in response to that of indigenous peoples - and comprises vignettes of indigenous cultural practices.
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These activists were attempting to reverse processes through which aspects of their societies have been objectified, commodified, and appropriated by the dominant Resources of Hope 31 society; their media productions and writings were efforts to recuperate their histories, land rights, and knowledge bases as their own cultural property. These kinds of cultural productions are consistent with the ways in which the meaning and praxis of culture in late modernity has become increasingly self-conscious.
John Tomlinson’s Cultural Imperialism gave the social fact of Indigenous media a slightly different spin, with a visual image of Aboriginal people sitting outside a house watching television in the desert, in a book whose central argument focused on the threats posed by cultural imports to Indigenous cultures. Interestingly, none of these writers seems to be concerned with what has actually happened either to WMA or with Aboriginal media more generally since then. The result is that the image of WMA at Yuendumu remains fetishistically frozen in the past decade, even as that community has been developing new forms such as the compressed video link-ups created with the Tanami network (Ginsburg 1993a), and more recent work with CD-ROM technologies and, in 1997, a documentary production, Night Patrol, being made as part of a national documentary series to be shown on the ABC.
Collaborative research projects not only have the potential to engender new and more productive research agendas but may also change radically conventional ways of establishing identity by questioning hitherto unchallenged assumptions, themselves contingent on colonial power relations. A TRADITIONAL FUTURE Globalisation constitutes an unprecedented threat to the autonomy of Indigenous cultures as well as an unprecedented opportunity for Indigenous empowerment. The papers presented in this volume highlight not only the new possibilities for Indigenous peoples that are emerging from the development of global communication networks but also the strategies Indigenous peoples are using to deal with the pressures of globalisation.