I stumbled upon this photo on Facebook and was instantly reminded of our class conversations earlier in the year about Idle No More and indigenous media. This photo consists of indigenous folks taking “selfies.” Many of the comments on the photo indicated people were surprised that these folks had access to such modern day technology. I thought the image was incredibly powerful and felt as if indigenous folks are using technology and “selfies” to reclaim their bodies and spaces. What are your thoughts of this photo?

For more photos, you can look at the photographer, Laercio Esteves’ flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/50611086@N00



3 responses »

  1. alexamuniz says:

    I love this! It makes me think about so many things that I’ve read about and learned in terms of Indigenous media. There are still people who view indigenous people in a vacuum and dont expect them to have this technology, or they see this picture and think that their culture is “tainted” by “our” modern day technologies. It’s ridiculous that people still think that.

    But yea, without knowing the circumstances of this photo specifically, just on my impression of the image I would say that it is great. We should see more images like this so we can expand our very limited understandings of Native and Indigenous Peoples.

  2. hannahmwebster says:

    To find people dumbfounded at the thought of other human beings having access to technologies simply because they are categorized as an “Indigenous” culture is silly and really goes to show a lack of knowledge and awareness that many people hold as social truths.

    I thought many of the articles that responded to Indian Halloween costumes as inappropriate forms of dressing for Halloween were great! I think they help our society to question themselves and their actions, their beliefs to ultimately change and become more aware of how they see different cultures around them.

  3. rbhalla2018 says:

    I completely agree with your previous statement. The fact people were dumbfounded is incredibly bigoted and raises larger questions of lack of knowledge and mainstream representation of indigenous communities.

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