Remarks for the Panel on Indigenous Voices: Indigenous Artists and Media for the 2007 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival

Faye Ginsburg,

Director, Center for Media, Culture, and History,

New York University

First of all, I want to thank all the organizers of this event, especially Hu Tai-li, the President of the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival; and Lin Wen-Ling, the Festival Director, and Kirk Fong, International Coordinator, for organizing this fantastic festival, and for inviting me to be part of it, coming from my island of Manhattan, to yours, Taiwan. I have heard so much about this festival for many years and feel very honored to be part of it. Thanks to all of you.

I am so delighted to be here at this showcase and celebration of indigenous media, from many corners of the globe, and especially from Taiwan, where I understand an Indigenous Television Service has recently started broadcasting. Taiwan Indigenous TV joins the inauguration of what I like to call “First Nations Stations” that began with the launch in 1999 of the Aboriginal People’s Television Network in Canada; followed by Maori TV in Aoteoroa/New Zealand in 2004; and most recently the debut of National Indigenous Television…


Curtis Marriott

G’day I’m Curtis Marriott, and I work for an organisation called The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association or other wise known as CAAMA.

In 1980 CAAMA was established with the aim to preserve and record, the Indigenous culture that was being lost through constant interaction with mainstream Australia. It was also established to provide Aboriginal people with a strong voice through media broadcast whether by radio, television or film.

An offshoot was to also provide wider Australia with intimate knowledge of Aboriginal culture to help bring about co-operation, understanding and common goals.

CAAMA started with the aim to train Aboriginal people in filmmaking and provide a platform for up coming filmmakers, to learn their craft and develop their skill.

Over the years CAAMA has produced some of Australia’s leading Aboriginal Filmmaker’s like:

Alan Collins

Steven McGregor

Warwick Thornton

Danielle MacLean

and Rachel Perkins just to name a few.

CAAMA continues to produce quality ground breaking programs, with the recent production of the Aboriginal Kids Drama called DOUBLE TROUBLE.

Double Trouble is a 13 part series about twin girls…

Looking back at Dead Birds, 45 years Later

Karl G. Heider

Department of Anthropology

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC 29208


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It is a great pleasure to be invited to introduce Dead Birds, Robert Gardner’s film on the Dani. The Dani are Papuans living in the mountains of West New Guinea – the Indonesian province of Papua. I bring greeting from Robert Gardner himself and shall try to present my own take on the film from the perspective of 45 years. Gardner himself shot most of the footage and did most of the editing – this is about as close to a single-authored ethnographic film as we have. Gardner has been trained as an anthropologist at Harvard and had helped John Marshall edit The Hunters. Then he put together the Harvard-Peabody Museum Expedition to what was then Netherlands New Guinea in 1961. I was a graduate students at Harvard, had made one film on archaeology, and planned to do my dissertation on Bronze Age sites in Thailand. But then Gardner invited me to join him in New Guinea I quickly accepted. I was back-up camera and…