Indian Communication Arts (INCA)
Aboriginal Cultural Capital Creation and Radio Production in Urban Ontario
Kathleen Buddle (University of Manitoba)
Abstract: This paper addresses the production of local subjects through radio production, challenging the common assumption of a straightforward conceptual link between de-traditionalization and media globalization. It examines the directions several urban Aboriginal cultural producers in Canada are pursuing to confer meaning on their futures, questioning whether Native modernities are necessarily replacing traditions. Focusing on several First Nations radio shows issuing from university radio station facilities in London and Toronto, Ontario, the paper offers insights into the ways Native radio producers are culturally mediating neo-traditional (new-old) versions of Aboriginality over the airwaves. The article highlights the interdependence of Aboriginal public spheres, radio mediation, and popular sovereignty.