Indigenous Media: Dialogic Resistance to Climate Disruption

Salma Monani, Renata Ryan Burchfield, Danika Medak-Saltzman, William Lempert

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter discusses the collaboration between four Indigenous studies scholars all interested in illuminating the aesthetics, ethics, and politics of contemporary Indigenous art and visual culture with regard to climate disruption. Even as Skawennati presents a keen commentary on the ongoing value of the Peacemaker story through space-time, the Second Life platform lends itself to amusing storytelling as most characters are rendered with idealized physiques. Mowarin demonstrates the interwoven relationship between sacred sites and ecological sustainability by presenting an argument-which could simply be opposed-but through an immersive experience that fosters embodied understanding. Spotlighting Indigenous artists from geographies as far apart as the North American Arctic to Australia, and covering a variety of media from hip-hop and multimedia installations, to machinima, to two types of virtual reality, the individual vignettes below nonetheless thread through a common theme. Juxtaposing allochronic assumptions of traditional versus modern, Galanin’s work breaks down western chronologies of linear temporal progression.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change
EditorsT. J. Demos, Emily Eliza Scott, Subhankar Banerjee
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780429321108
ISBN (Print)9780367221102
StatePublished - Feb 26 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Art History and Visual Studies Companions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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