Carmella M. Rodriguez, PH.D. is a 2015 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University. [Author Introduction - above]
Foreground L-R (Faculty): Mr. Dan Hart, M.F.A., Committee Member (U. Washington); Dr. Luana Ross, Committee Member (U. Washington); Dr. Brenda Manuelito; Dr. Carmella Rodriguez; Dr. Carolyn Kenny, Chair (University of British Columbia); Dr. Elizabeth Holloway (Antioch University). Not Shown: Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald, External Reader (University of British Columbia).
Background L-R (Tribal Community Co-Researchers): Eva Petoskey, M.S., Director, ATR, Anishnaabek Healing Circle, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc.; Terri Tavenner, Associate Director, ATR, Anishnaabek Healing Circle, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc.; Linda Woods, M.S.W., Consultant; and Arlene Kashata, M.A., Consultant.
- Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Luana Ross, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Daniel Hart, M.F.A., Committee Member
- Jo-Ann Archibald, Ph.D., External Reader
NOTE: This dissertation is accompanied by a PDF file that contains links to 45 media files on the nDigiStoryMaking YouTube Channel that are referenced in this document. This Supplemental File is accessible at the bottom of this page.
Digital Storytelling, Native Americans, American Indians, Community-Based Participatory Research, Phenomenology, Performance Ethnography, Relational Autoethnography, Indigenous Methodology, Indigenous Resilience, Historical Trauma, Indigenous Film, Subs
Indigenous peoples have always shared collective truths and knowledge through oral storytelling. Just as we were born, stories are born too, through our sacred “living breath.” We live in a time where stories travel far, beyond our imaginable dreams, and can have an influence on anyone who hears them. In the present-day, we have an opportunity to combine personal stories with digital technology in order to share one of our greatest gifts with each other--our experience and wisdom. For eight years, Brenda K. Manuelito and I have been traveling across Indian Country helping our Indigenous relatives create nDigiStories for Native survivance, healing, hope, and liberation. Together with our nDigiStorytellers, we are Healing Our Communities One Story at a Time®. This dissertation is a phenomenological study about the “story-sharing” of nDigiStories. It tells the story about the journey of digital stories created from an Indigenized digital storytelling process called nDigiStorytelling with an Ojibwa (Anishinaabe) community in Michigan. I explored a bricolage of methodologies from an “Indigenist” perspective, community-based participatory research, performance ethnography, and relational autoethnography. This study shows how combining an Indigenous approach to technology and media-making with deeply-held beliefs and ceremony can revitalize Indigenous people and strengthen community relationships. The electronic version of this Dissertation is available in open access at AURA, http://aura.antioch.edu/etds/ and OhioLink ETD Center, http://www.ohiolink.edu/etd. This dissertation is accompanied by a PDF document that contains links to 45 media files on the nDigiStorySharing YouTube Channel that are referenced in this document
Rodriguez, C. M. (2015). The Journey of a Digital Story: A Healing Performance of Mino-Bimaadiziwin: The Good Life. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/219