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Author: Amelia Winger-Bearskin

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Artist and Technologist Amelia Winger-Bearskin interviews native and indigenous people who make cool things with new technologies.
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A conversation with Game Designer, Writer, Musician, Coder, Beader and Artist Elizabeth LaPensée (Anishinaabe, Métis, and settler-Irish).  She has created groundbreaking works of indigenous game design and unique interactions with emerging technology since the internet was young. (Also, she beads pixel perfect screen shots from Super Mario Brothers in her spare time!)We have known each other only though the internet and get to have our first conversation in real time-two introverts-so grab a cup of tea, it is going to be some wisdom from the aunties in this episode.  
Indigenous Tech, Indigenous Knowledge: Wampum.codes as a model for decolonizationIn this public panel, Amelia Winger-Bearskin brings together Indigenous artists, technologists and knowledge keepers to discuss how we can take an ethical approach to tech projects. The conversation will be a part of of Wampum.codes, her Mozilla Fellowship Project at the MIT Open Documentary Lab's Co-Creation Studio. Wampum is the practice of encoding contracts and agreements into beaded patterns, which was commonly done by Winger-Bearskin’s own tribe (Seneca-Cayuga Haudenosaunee) in pre-contact times. Just like the craft that serves as its namesake, Wampum.codes is a recording of the stories, ideas, and wisdom that is collected through conversations with other native people. This panel is part of a virtualized delegation in collaboration with the Indigenous Screen Office.Panelists include Asha Veeraswamy, Dawn Borchardt, DeLesslin Roo George-Warren, Erica Tremblay, Jade Begay, Joseph Clift, Martha Winger-Bearskin, MorningStar Angeline, and Eve-Lauryn LaFountain.Apr 28, 2020 12:00 PM in
Imagine being a 13 year old girl in the 90s and entering an AOL chat room where everyone is pretending to be YOU! The 90s:, dial-up, Rainbow Bright, and Eve LaFountain 'single handedly bringing down Disney's first reality TV show'.In this episode Amelia and Eve chat about what it was like to be a teen Disney star, being Native in Santa Fe, Video Art, Experimental Film, Virtual Reality and were all early hackers really 13 year old girls?
Weirdness with MorningStar

Weirdness with MorningStar

2020-03-2401:22:22

Me and MorningStar Angeline (MorningStar Angeline Wilson-Chippewa) get weird, wild and wonky while discussing her acting career, directorial debut and working crew on weird native films.  Most importantly we talk about how she is The Local Pedestrian Population (voice actor) in my favorite video game Red Dead Redemption 2.
In this episode I chat with the director of the short film Little Chief, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2020.  Me and Erica are both from the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma and we chat about our ancestral land, the Cayuga language, shape shifters and migraine headaches which suck super hard.  We swear, but are also super nice I promise, it is just the New Yorker in us.
We talk about Artificial Intelligence, quarantine, Coded Bias, and how wildlife trafficking has contributed to the the COVID-19 pandemic.Dawn also talks about her film projects, her own podcast and her 3rd annual Freeland Film Festival in Green Lake, WI, which shares stories of inspiration - specific topics include human and wildlife trafficking, environmental issues, and Native American stories, especially centered around Native land rights and environmental issues.  Links we talked about:https://www.sundance.org/projects/infinitely-yourshttp://www.freelandfilmfest.org/https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/faux-reel-podcast/id1498621703https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/02/08/770174171/when-bias-is-coded-into-our-technologyThe Back and Forth Part: https://vimeo.com/400046294Experimental film spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1DHealTzCR0qNkq-fbuPRd9Nzi7NSAM5HKQ84grFEFO8/htmlview#
The Shelter in Place order hit Los Angeles yesterday and comedy writer Joey Clift has already got jokes. Join us as we muse on life during shelter, how to help fellow artists friends, and talk Tig Nataro Twitter takeover. Joey also has a lot to say about cats and cat Facebook drama. I laugh a lot in this one.
Jade and Amelia talk about Jade's recent article for NDN Collective "Decolonizing Community Care in Response to COVID-19", life and love in the age of quarantine. We catch up on Jade's VR projects, 180 videos, magic and taking care of yourself.
In the second episode of Wampum.Codes Amelia Winger-Bearskin chats with DeLesslin "Roo" George-Warren about "Rock Hands" and naming new technologies in traditional native languages, wry tours of the Smithsonian, how native youth are the best and how not to lose hope during the Covid-19 shut in (...introverts it's your moment to shine!)
Amelia and Asha (two native Seneca women) talk about hacking tech for communal experiences, eating pancakes with virtual beings, transforming native casinos into Deep Space 9 and building an AR App for Theater geeks at an incubator on Broadway, NYC baby!
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