Why does the language of journalism fail indigenous people?
A journalist with indigenous roots reflects on the making of We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska.
Publisher: Al Jazeera
Date Written: 12/11/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
A journalist with Indigenous roots reflects on the difficulty of doing justice to the community she is filming a documentary about. Historical misrepresentation due to lack of cross-cultural understanding has led to a distrust of the media.
Indigenous people know that their representation has failed before they've even begun speaking, because the medium through which they are represented - a hard, sharp language rooted in ideas rather than feeling - has rarely granted them territory.
The language that media uses today does not heed silence and self-interpretation. It does not respect the power of conjured stories. It does not favour the collective over the individual. And this does not fit with indigenous perspectives.