Panel 16: Indigenous Lands and Visual Rhetoric in Ecomedia I (pre-formed by the Indigenous Ecocriticism SIG)
Chair: Kyle Bladow (Assistant Professor of Native American Studies, Northland College)
Respondent: Salma Monani (Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Gettysburg College)
This panel explores ecomedia practices around the world, highlighting three projects from three separate continents, each using documentary-style film and video with Indigenous themes. Land is a recurring theme in the papers, as panelists consider Indigenous rights, connections to place, and land use conflicts. The panelists advance the conference’s investigation of contradictions arising from ecomedia production and consumption, posing questions about ecological relations and their influences on Indigenous identity and political sovereignty. The panel further considers a range of media practices (feature documentary, documentary-style fictional drama, and social media video and drone footage), all contributing to the ongoing definition of ecomedia.
“Black Bodies, White Earth: Mapping a Modern Aeta Consciousness Toward an Ecocinema of the Philippines”
Rogelio Garcia (Ph.D. candidate in English, University of Oregon)
“Living/Dying with Water: Indigenous Histories and Bioregionalism in The Pearl Button”
Matthew Holtmeier (Assistant Professor of Screen Studies, Ithaca College)
“Decolonizing Drones: Aerial Media in the #NoDAPL Struggle”
Emily Roehl (Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, University of Texas at Austin)
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