More Ethnography Projects

Between Worlds: Communication Perspectives of Female Funeral Celebrants in British Columbia

Sandra Ollsin explores the communicative work of funeral celebrants through this interactive visual ethnography presentation. Video, photography, text and music combine to represent the experiences of four funeral celebrants in British Columbia and after exploring the presentation viewers are invited to dialogue with other viewers through the website.

A House Concert With Norma, an audio documentary by Michael Best

Norma MacDonald

An audio documentary RRU student Michael Best completed about a house concert with Canadian singer/songwriter Norma MacDonald, taped live in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. A cultural event like a house concert can create social and economic capital for both host and artist and can have wide ranging effects on community identity in a small village like this one. 

Oil Man and the Sea

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Awareness and voice for BC’s threatened coast through storytelling, art, and new media. Follow Ilja Herb and Arno Kopecky as they explore the region on their 41-foot cutter, documenting this extraordinary ecosystem and its inhabitants on the Oil Man and the Sea site.

Ilja and Arno's work has also been published in the January 2013 issue of Reader's Digest - The $273 Billion Question: Enbridge and the Northern Gateway Controversy.

Defining who is Métis

Defining who is Métis: The Métis registry and politics of state recognition

Tara Gereaux, graduate of Royal Roads University's Master of Arts in Professional Communication, completed her thesis on the topic of the Métis Registry, exploring her own and others' experiences with the registry and what it meant to be Métis.

Aboriginal hand-drumming audio & interview, by MAIIC student, Janice Edgar

In January 2008, the Journal of Aboriginal Health published a scientific article about the healing value of Aboriginal hand-drumming. The article inspired MAIIC student, Janice Edgar to ask members of the drum circle she belonged to how drumming supported them. She interviewed six members, four women and two men, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal and coordinated the participation of four members, including herself, for a 30-minute live radio broadcast on Carleton University’s CKCU FM (91.3) Friday Special Blend programme, hosted by Susan Johnston.

​'Pumping Iron' in Dharavi

Sean Roberts delves into the subculture of bodybuilding in Dharavi, India through a multimedia exploration of how and why such an elite sport thrives in Mumbai's Slum-City: 'Pumping Iron' in Dharavi:

Authenticity in Contemporary Swing Dance

Swing Dance

Dave Henderson explores the history and authenticity of contemporary swing dance in his audio documentary, Authenticity in Swing Dance.  He asks if anything new can be created and still be authentic in the recent revival of swing dance and its eighty-year history, and speaks to practitioners about the spirit and feel of swing music and dancing. 

Anatomy of a Thrill Seeker - research inspires experiential wisdom

thill seeker

Tara Hansen’s autoethnographic research “Anatomy of a Thrill Seeker” reflexively employs her personal narrative accounts (autobiography) as a researcher situated within a specific culture (ethnography), while also possessing the identity of that culture (thrill seeker). Through blog posts, Hansen hopes her stories inspire insight and application of the experiential wisdom attained via thrill seeking, and resonate with people embarking on challenging quests or venturing a little out of their comfort zone.

Chaicuriri through the lens, by Greg Spira

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This photovoice project developed in the Bolivian highland community of Chaicuriri shows how previously marginalized Aymara indigenous residents worked to use photography to reclaim their political voice and become active subjects guiding their community’s development.

No Doggy Bag Please by Hingman Leung

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As an emerging economy, food waste has become a hot topic in China within the last two years because of increasing appetites and shrinking landfills. Although there are an increasing number of studies on food waste in China, there is a lack of research into the social and cultural drivers that motivate food-waste creating behaviours. This study is an ethnographic exploration of Chinese attitudes towards food and food waste, with the objective of uncovering some of the key values and beliefs that create food waste.