Native on the Net
Indigenous and Diasporic Peoples in the Virtual Age
Exploring the influence of the Internet on the lives of indigenous and diasporic peoples, Kyra Landzelius leads a team of expert anthropologists and ethnographers who go on-site and on-line to explore how a diverse range of indigenous and transnational diasporic communities actually use the Internet.
From the Taino Indians of the Caribbean, the U’wa of the Amazon rainforest, and the Tunomans and Assyrians of Iraq, to the Tingas and Zapatistas, Native on the Net is a lively and intriguing exploration of how new technologies have enabled these previously isolated peoples to reach new levels of communication and community: creating new communities online, confronting global corporations, or even challenging their own native traditions. Featuring case studies ranging from the Artic to the Australian outback, this book addresses important recurrent themes, such as the relationship between identity and place, community, traditional cultures and the nature of the ‘indigenous’.
Native on the Net is a unique contribution to our knowledge of the impact of new global communication technologies on those who have traditionally been geographically, politically and economically marginalised.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: Native on the Net? Kyra Landzelius 2. Remote Indigenous Communities in Australia: Questions of Access, Information, and Self-Determination Alopi S. Latukefu 3. Canadian Aboriginal Peoples Tackle E-Health: Seeking Ownership versus Integration Valerie Gideon 4. A Screen of Snow and Recognition Reigned Supreme? Journeys into the Homeland of a Greenlandic Webpage Neil Blair Christensen 5. On line, Off line and In line: Zapatista Rebellion and the Uses of Technology by Indian Women Marisa Belausteguigoitia 6. The Meta-Native and the Militant Activist: Virtually Saving the Rainforest Kyra Landzelius 7. [email protected]: Internet Indigeneity in the Electronic Generation of Carib and Taino Identities Maximilian C. Forte 8. Debating Language and Identity Online: Tongans on the Net Helen Lee 9. Deterritorialized People in Hyperspace: Creating and Debating Harari Identity over the Internet Camilla Gibb 10. Negotiating Nationhood on the Net: The Case of the Turcomans and Assyrians of Iraq Halal Fattah 11. Discussion Lists and Public Policy on iGhana: Chimps and Feral Activists John Philip Schaefer 12. The Transformation of Discourse Online: Toward a Holistic Diagnosis of the Nature of Social Inequality in Burundi Rose M. Kadende-Kaiser 13. Ch(c0de): Virtual Occupations, Encrypted Identities, and the Al-Aqsa Intifada William C. Taggart 14. Internet Counter Counter-Insurgency: TamilNet.com and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka Mark Whitaker 15. Cyberethnography: Reading South Asian Digital Diasporas Radhika Gajjala 16. Postscript: Vox Populi from the Margins? Kyra Landzelius