Travel Itinerary (August 2012- July 2013):
- Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada – I will be working with IsumaTV, the illustrious Inuit media group that produced the movie Fast Runner, on their Digital Indigenous Democracy (DID) project. DID involves the production of radio programs designed to facilitate communication and discussion among residents of Nunavut communities about the economic development decisions they face, particularly as they involve mining in the north. I will also be struggling valiantly to learn Inuktitut.
- Quito, Ecuador – I will be assisting COICA, Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica, a pan-Amazonian indigenous organization that facilitates greater representation of indigenous peoples of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, French Guyana and Suriname. I am particularly concerned with how they utilize social and digital media to coordinate indigenous campaigns across national boundaries.
- The Suruí Reserve, Rondônia, Brazil – I hope to work with Chief Almir, who has partnered with Google to help map and monitor the Surui territory using GIS technology. They are creating cultural maps and also hope to generate revenue from forest protection through mechanisms like REDD (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation).
- Bario, Sarawak, Malaysia – Traveling to the small Kelabit community of Bario, I will trace the impact of a local information communication technology center constructed by the government in this small town on rural development. I will also spend time in with the Penan, the hunter gatherer forest “experts” of Borneo, in the (settled) community of Long Lamai.
- Yuendumu, Australia – I’ll be volunteering with PAW Media (formerly Warlpiri Media) the oldest Aboriginal Media organization in Australia, made famous internationally by the writing of anthropologist Eric Michaels.