Dr. Kristin Dowell


Dr. Kristin Dowell is a visual anthropologist whose research explores the intersections of media technology, artistic practice and activism for Indigenous rights and social justice. For the last sixteen years she has engaged in collaborative community based research with Indigenous filmmakers, artists and activists in Vancouver, Canada. She is the author of Sovereign Screens: Aboriginal Media on the Canadian West Coast (2013) an ethnography of Aboriginal visual sovereignty through on-screen film aesthetics and off-screen production practices. Her articles have appeared in the journals American Anthropologist, Anthropologica, Cultural Anthropology, Studies in American Indian Literatures and in edited volumes, including Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas, winner of the 2015 Canada Prize in the Humanities.  She is currently working on a research project that explores the inventive digital media practices of Indigenous women filmmakers in Canada.

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