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MooNaHaTihKaaSiWew unearthing spirit : indigenous approach to documentary media Koostachin, Jules Arita


MooNaHaTihKaaSiWew / Unearthing Spirit, a MoshKeKo AsKi InNiNeWak (Swampy Cree) framework explores ways in which our positionality as Indigenous documentarians enables a comprehensive understanding and awareness of story. I employed systems of knowledge of my Ancestral lands to develop a theory to contribute to the study of visual sovereignty, the protection and protocols when working with Indigenous story. My research consisted of the study of Indigenous documentary discourse and explores the role of Indigenous cultural experiences and positionality in documentary practices and how it leads to the development of concepts of story, protocols, and Indigenous identity. My study advances my framework as a pedagogical model in academia but is much more than a model to be dissected; it is a way of life for the InNiNeWak. It also addresses the significance of Indigenous documentary practices when engaging with our communities and stories. The focus of this inquiry engages with how Indigenous documentary requires an extensive exploration of the influence of modality, creative range, and experience on methodologies. My research examines how positionality shapes the creative process as documentarians engage with core concepts, themes, and forms. An inquiry process was set in an Indigenous research paradigm that privileges the research considered and utilized scholarship regarding Indigenous research methodologies and storytelling, acknowledging that Indigenous representation shapes and contributes to Indigenous documentary theory.

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