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Coded Territories

Tracing Indigenous Pathways in New Media Art

contributions by Steven Loft, Jackson 2Bears, Archer Pechawis, Jason Edward Lewis, Stephen Foster, Candice Hopkins & Cheryl L’Hirondelle

edited by Kerry Swanson

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2014
Digital, Native American Studies, Cultural
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This collection of essays provides a historical and contemporary context for Indigenous new media arts practice in Canada. The writers are established artists, scholars, and curators who cover thematic concepts and underlying approaches to new media from a distinctly Indigenous perspective. Through discourse and narrative analysis, the writers discuss a number of topics ranging from how Indigenous worldviews inform unique approaches to new media arts practice to their own work and specific contemporary works.


About the authors

Steven Loft was recently the National Visiting Trudeau Fellow at Ryerson University. Previously, he was the Curator-in-Residence of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada and Director/Curator of the Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg.

Steven Loft's profile page

Kerry Swanson has worked in the Indigenous media arts sector for over a decade. She is the former Executive Director of the imagineNATIVE Fim + Media Arts Festival. She currently works for the Toronto Arts Council.

Kerry Swanson's profile page

Jackson 2Bears' profile page

Archer Pechawis' profile page

Jason Edward Lewis' profile page

Stephen Foster's profile page

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer who has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front, and the Walter Phillips Gallery. She is currently the chief curator at the AIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Hopkins holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Her writings on history, art, and vernacular architecture have been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, Revolver Press, New York University, The Fillip Review and, the National Museum of the American Indian, among others. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Candice Hopkins' profile page

Cheryl L’Hirondelle's profile page


  • Short-listed, BPAA Alberta Book Award for Scholarly and Academic Book

Editorial Reviews


Not to be missed!

Centre for Imaginative Ethnography



This book directs our attention to the ways of knowing, logics, beliefs and traditions that drive uniquely Indigenous visions . . . It offers important lessons to help us collectively navigate the evolving landscape of the network society.

—Rob McMahon, BC Studies



Coded Territories takes the reader on a journey through time, story and imagination that joins past, present and future . . . powerful, absorbing and challenging.

—Terry Huffman, ALTERNATIVE


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