SYMPOSIUM — Cultural Commodification, Indigenous Peoples & Self-Determination
Public Symposium – May 2nd 2013 from 12:30pm to 6pm
When Indigenous cultural heritage is turned into commodities, issues of appropriation are inevitably raised, along with debates surrounding identity, property, and sovereignty.
While commodification can be disrespectful and detrimental to those whose property is turned into products, there are also ways in which it can be beneficial to communities. Bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, this international symposium addresses the complex nature of cultural commodification.
The overall aim is to ask not only how cultural heritage can be protected, but also in what forms and under what conditions markets have been, and can be used, to reinforce Indigenous peoples’ cultural, economic, and political autonomy.
Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room, 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, The University of British Columbia (on campus, near the UBC Museum of Anthropology)
Download PDF of symposium poster.
- Victor Guerin, Musqueam Indian Band
- George Nicholas, IPinCH Director
- "Ookpik - The Ogling Owl at 50." -- Susan Rowley, University of British Columbia
- "The Limits of Cultural Commoditization." -- Alexis Bunten, Ethnographer, IPinCH Postdoctoral Fellow
- "Straddling the Past and the Future: Traditional Art, Contemporary Artists and Pan-African Cultural Policy." -- Nicole Aylwin, York University
- "Marks Communicating Indigenous Means of Production?" -- Rosemary Coombe, York University
- "Local Contexts: Because The 'S' Matters--Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Cultural Heritage." -- Kim Christen, Washington State University
- "Trading Identity: The Commodification of New Zealand Maori Imagery." -- Deidre Brown, University of Auckland
- "Drawing a Line in the Sand: Protection of the Sanilac Petroglyphs." -- Shannon Martin, The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways
- "Commodification of Inuit Symbols and Potential Protection Mechanisms." -- Violet Ford, Barrister and Solicitor, Ford Law Office, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Lapland
- "Managing Cultural Commodification From an Indigenous Perspective for the Benefit of Indigenous Communities." -- Maui Solomon, Barrister, Kawatea Chambers, New Zealand
Presented by IPinCH (SFU) and the Liu Institute (UBC)
PRESENTATIONS — Sept. 10, 2013
On May 2, 2013 IPinCH hosted the Cultural Commodification, Indigenous Peoples & Self-Determination Public Symposium at the University of British Columbia. Bringing together 10 Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, this international symposium addressed the complex nature of cultural commodification. More »
Following up on the recent IPinCH-hosted symposium and workshop,Cultural Commodification, Indigenous Peoples and Self-Determination, IPinCHers George Nicholas, Kristen Dobbin, and Brian Egan discuss the appropriation and selling of Aboriginal designs and art with The Peak, student newspaper of Simon Fraser University. More »