Faye Ginsburg, “Indigenous Counterpublics: A Foreshortened History” in Meg McLagan and Yates McKee (eds) Senisble Politics: The Visual Culture of Nongovernmental Activism (Zone Books, 2012), pp .563-587

In this essay, Faye Ginsburg offers a short history of debates around the status and implications of indigenous media so as to open up discussions of digital media and concerns about the lived consequences of producing and consuming this media. Issues that arise include not only issues of cultural difference with respect to representation, but differences in cultural practice and image ethics, especially when one factors in restrictions around representation of sacred sites, objects, and activities. Among other concerns are the ways in which media can be used to represent radically different cosmologies as well as the realities of indigenous communities. How can one mediate culture alongside the activist imaginary?

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