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4126 - Collaboration, ethnography and videotapes

Audiovisual tools provide us with opportunities for mutual interaction and exchange in the field of ethnography. In the case of a research within the arena of the so-called “indigenous media”, this is even more obvious because of the fact that all the actors involved deal with technologies of audio and video for their daily work.

The case that I want to share is my own research conducted with young videomakers of indigenous origin in San Cristóbal de las Casas (Chiapas, México). The project began out of my own interest in knowing about how they would present themselves visually, providing that indigenous peoples have been used as key symbols in the building of the Mexican nation.

The ethnography was developed with the use of video not only as a research object but also as a means of registering the fieldwork context, our encounters and interviews, as well as a trigger for starting discussions on technology and self-representation.

The prejudices and relationships between the ethnographers and her “others”, “objects of study” or “advisors” are made obvious thanks to the support of the camera and the digital recordings, which can be inter-exchangeable within a process of common building of knowledge.

Keywords: Indigenous media, video, visual ethnography, Mexico

Author: Cardús, Laura (Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Spain / Spanien)

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