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Indigenous People and Mobile Technologies

1st Edition

Edited by Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Stephen Grant, Max Hendriks


326 pages | 43 B/W Illus.

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In the rich tradition of mobile communication studies and new media, this volume examines how mobile technologies are being embraced by Indigenous people all over the world. As mobile phones have revolutionised society both in developed and developing countries, so Indigenous people are using mobile devices to bring their communities into the twenty-first century.

The explosion of mobile devices and applications in Indigenous communities addresses issues of isolation and building an environment for the learning and sharing of knowledge, providing support for cultural and language revitalisation, and offering the means for social and economic renewal. This book explores how mobile technologies are overcoming disadvantage and the tyrannies of distance, allowing benefits to flow directly to Indigenous people and bringing wide-ranging changes to their lives. It begins with general issues and theoretical perspectives followed by empirical case studies that include the establishment of Indigenous mobile networks and practices, mobile technologies for social change and, finally, the ways in which mobile technology is being used to sustain Indigenous culture and language.

Table of Contents

1. Framing the Indigenous Mobile Revolution Laurel Evelyn Dyson Part I: Indigenous Mobile Technology Adoption and Theoretical Perspectives 2. Why Mobile? Indigenous People and Mobile Technologies at the Edge Fiona Brady and Laurel Evelyn Dyson 3. The Case for Play in the Developing World: Lessons from Rah Island, Vanuatu Pedro Ferreira and Kristina Höök 4. Ecosystemic Innovation for Indigenous People in Latin America Paul Kim, Karla Alfaro and Leigh Anne Miller 5. The Indigenous Digital Collectif: The Translation of Mobile Phones among the iTadian Gino Orticio 6. Private Mobile Phones and Public Communication Drums in Rural Papua New Guinea Amanda H. A. Watson and Lee R. Duffield Part II: Self-Determination for Indigenous People through Mobile Technologies 7. Keewaytinook Mobile: An Indigenous Community-Owned Mobile Phone Service in Northern Canada Brian Beaton, Terence Burnard and Adi Linden and Susan O’Donnell 8. MOJO in Remote Indigenous Communities Ivo Burum 9. Mobile Technology in Indigenous Landscapes Coppélie Cocq Part III: Mobiles for Health, Education and Development 10. Using Technology to Promote Health and Wellbeing among American Indian and Alaska Native Teens and Young Adults Stephanie Craig Rushing, Amanda Gaston, Carol Kaufman, Christine Markham, Cornelia Jessen, Gwenda Gorman, Jennifer Torres, Kirsten Black, Ross Shegog, Taija Koogei Revels, Travis L. Lane and Jennifer Williamson 11. The Use of Podcasts to Improve the Pronunciation of the Māori Language and Develop Reflective Learning Skills Lisa J. Switalla-Byers 12. Integrating Multimedia in ODL Materials and Enhanced Access through Mobile Phones Maria Augusti and Doreen Richard Mushi 13. Mobile Phones in Rural South Africa: Stories of Empowerment from the Siyakhula Living Lab Lorenzo Dalvit 14. Socio-Economic Impacts on the Adoption of Mobile Phones by the Major Indigenous Nationalities of Nepal Sojen Pradhan and Gyanendra Bajracharya Part IV: Cultural and Language Revitalization through Mobile Technologies 15. Cultural Hybridity, Resilience and the Communication of Contemporary Cherokee Culture through Mobile Technologies Kevin Kemper 16. eToro: Appropriating ICTs for the Management of Penans’ Indigenous Botanical Knowledge Tariq Zaman, Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer and Alvin Yeo Wee 17. Language Vitalization through Mobile and Online Technologies in British Columbia Peter Brand, Tracey Herbert and Shay Boechler 18. The Influence of Mobile Phones on the Languages and Cultures of Papua New Guinea Olga Temple 19. An Example of Excellence: Chickasaw Language Revitalization through Technology Traci L. Morris Epilogue Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Stephen Grant and Max Hendriks

About the Editors

Laurel Evelyn Dyson is a Senior Lecturer in Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney, and President of anzMLearn, the Australian and New Zealand Mobile Learning Group. Dr Dyson’s research interests centre on Indigenous people’s adoption of mobile technologies, as well as the use of mobile technologies in education.

Stephen Grant is a Lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney. Since 2002 he has taken a key position in the Indigenous Participation in IT Program, UTS. He is one of a small number of qualified Indigenous IT professionals working in Australia. He researchs mobile networks and autonomous systems.

Max Hendriks lectures in Internetworking at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has been an educator for over 40 years. His research interests are in Internetworking and how Indigenous people and their innovative use of technology. Of particular interest to him are security technologies within wireless networks.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications