Indigenous moves: collaborative multimedia and decolonial aesthetics. CRAVEY, A. & PETIT, M. GeoHumanities, 4(2):360–379, 2018.
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This article—a component of a multimedia series that includes academic papers, video documentaries, painting, poetry, dance, and song—documents and visualizes the continuities and contradictions inherent in diaspora and immigration for Indigenous Mexicans in the U.S. South. We argue for deployment of a decolonial aesthetics that calls into question long-standing colonial systems of meaning making, particularly racialized representations. We elaborate decolonial aesthetics by drawing on the visual language of Seed Spirits, a video documentary produced in collaboration with Otomi people. Decolonial aesthetics works through an affective register to evoke a wide range of responses to the video including a deeper respect for ontologies of difference. A sacred element of Otomi cosmology, artisanal paper known as papel amate, further illuminates how we understand the liberatory potential of decolonial aesthetics. In conclusion, the Mexican diaspora and the cultural politics of Indigeneity it unleashed are reinscribing the narrative of Indigeneity in the Americas.
@article{cravey_indigenous_2018,
	series = {Latin {America} / {Caribbean}},
	title = {Indigenous moves: collaborative multimedia and decolonial aesthetics},
	volume = {4},
	url = {https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566X.2018.1500864},
	doi = {10.1080/2373566X.2018.1500864},
	abstract = {This article—a component of a multimedia series that includes academic papers, video documentaries, painting, poetry, dance, and song—documents and visualizes the continuities and contradictions inherent in diaspora and immigration for Indigenous Mexicans in the U.S. South. We argue for deployment of a decolonial aesthetics that calls into question long-standing colonial systems of meaning making, particularly racialized representations. We elaborate decolonial aesthetics by drawing on the visual language of Seed Spirits, a video documentary produced in collaboration with Otomi people. Decolonial aesthetics works through an affective register to evoke a wide range of responses to the video including a deeper respect for ontologies of difference. A sacred element of Otomi cosmology, artisanal paper known as papel amate, further illuminates how we understand the liberatory potential of decolonial aesthetics. In conclusion, the Mexican diaspora and the cultural politics of Indigeneity it unleashed are reinscribing the narrative of Indigeneity in the Americas.},
	language = {en},
	number = {2},
	journal = {GeoHumanities},
	author = {CRAVEY, Altha and PETIT, Michael},
	year = {2018},
	keywords = {Language: English, Region: Latin America / Caribbean},
	pages = {360--379},
}

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