Indigeneity in Real Time
226 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
24 color photographs, 1 table
Release Date:17 Mar 2023
Release Date:17 Mar 2023

Indigeneity in Real Time

The Digital Making of Oaxacalifornia

Rutgers University Press
Long before the COVID-19 crisis, Mexican Indigenous peoples were faced with organizing their lives from afar, between villages in the Oaxacan Sierra Norte and the urban districts of Los Angeles, as a result of unauthorized migration and the restrictive border between Mexico and the United States. By launching cutting-edge Internet radio stations and multimedia platforms and engaging as community influencers, Zapotec and Ayuujk peoples paved their own paths to a transnational lifeway during the Trump era. This meant adapting digital technology to their needs, setting up their own infrastructure, and designing new digital formats for re-organizing community life in all its facets—including illness, death and mourning, collective celebrations, sport tournaments, and political meetings—across vast distances. Author Ingrid Kummels shows how mediamakers and users in the Sierra Norte villages and in Los Angeles created a transborder media space and aligned time regimes. By networking from multiple places, they put into practice a communal way of life called Comunalidad and an indigenized American Dream—in real time.
INGRID KUMMELS is a professor of cultural and social anthropology at the Institute for Latin American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin. She is the author of Transborder Media Spaces: Ayuujk Videomaking between Mexico and the US.

1 Introduction: Community Life and Media in Times of Crisis

2 Histories of Mediatic Self-Determination: Pioneer
Oaxacan Videos Go Transnational

3 Zapotec Dance Epistemologies Online

4 The Fiesta Cycle and Transnational Death: Community
Life on Internet Radio

5 Ayuujk Basketball Tournament Broadcasts: Expanding
Transborder Community Interactively

6 Turning Fifteen Transnationally: The Politics of Family
Movies and Digital Kinning

7 Epilogue: Reloading Comunalidad—Indigeneity
on the Ground and on the Air


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