More Ethnography Projects

Gna Giidadowin: Exploring Our Way of Life Through Anashinabe Song and Drum, by Celeste Pedri

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Drawing upon indigenous ways of knowing and the revitalization of traditional indigenous education, the author, as Anishinabe, “storysharer,” drummer, and community member, explores the relationship between song and story in Anishinabek hand drumming and how it reveals and communicates their life story experiences and knowledge.

Indian Cricket by Jonathan Taggart

On a Saturday afternoon in Dharavi, one of Mumbai’s largest slums, my guide Shekar leads me through narrow corridors, his feet bare in religious observation, past colourful, crowded homes and over open drains whose concrete covers have been mostly dismantled for their valuable rebar cores. We are looking for cricket in non-standard places, and we find it, tucked between shrines and mopeds, pressed up against walls, and tip-toed atop various scatterings of urban detritus.

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Harvesting Community

Harvesting Community

Craig Sorochan, a producer and documentary filmmaker, explores the thriving organic farming culture and food culture of British Columbia’s southwest coast in “Harvesting Community.”

While organic food production and consumption are increasingly mainstream, communication of the value of organic farming has been identified as a key challenge by many organic farmers, and this film bridges the communications gap between organic farmers and consumers.  

Life's A Dance by Fiona Cheong, aired on GO! Island ShawTV

We have the salsa . . . the tango, the meringue, all very passionate dances. Rajie was at Raino Dance studio learning all about another latin dance, Flamenco. But she also learned of one woman's personal dance with life and herself.
This story by Royal Roads MA student Fiona Cheong aired on GO! Island daily on ShawTV Channel 4 and can be watched here:

Bombay by Sean Roberts


Poetry and video come together in this impressionistic ode that tries to capture the spirit of Bombay and the sensibilities of its people through the lens of Sean Roberts' experience.

Uncertainties & Epiphanies: Making Multiculturalism

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Uncertainties & Epiphanies: Making Multiculturalism is a film about the "uhms?" and "ahas!" of people's everyday intercultural encounters in Canada.  Inspired by Action Research, Rae Hull, the filmmaker/researcher, invited people across the country to share their experiences via a website built specifically for the project.

Mobile apps are taking control of our lives by Tatenda Mhaka and Tessah Clark

Are you having difficulty sleeping? Maybe exercising? Or managing your agenda? Well, “there’s an app for that.” If you have not heard that statement before, chances are you will soon.

An estimated 1.2 billion people were using mobile apps in 2012. Total downloads number between 56 billion and 82 billion worldwide. By 2017, about 4.4 billion people will be using apps.

Split Like a Crutch, by Jonathan Taggart

The Friction of Distance

The reserves of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation are scattered along both sides of British Columbia’s Lillooet River in an expanse of traditional territory stretching 100km north and south between the towns of Pemberton and Harrison Lake. Like many of Canada’s indigenous communities, the settlements of the In-SHUCK-ch exist in isolation; poverty is rampant and infrastructure dearly lacking, and with limited access to health and education resources, the communities of the Lillooet River Valley can be seen to represent a continuation of what has too often been referred to as the “Indian Problem”.

The Art of Life in China

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The Art of Life in China is a video produced for the Royal Roads University 2013 Intercultural Communication Exhibit at Shandong Normal University in Jinan, China. The videos featured all represent the artistic nature of everyday life in China.

Edmonton Food From Home

RRU MA student Nastassja Brinker has created the website "Edmonton Food from Home," seeking to explore the relationship between culture, food and identity. Home to a rich tapestry of cultural diversity, Edmonton enjoys a wide array of food markets, restaurants and food-related events. Annually the city hosts the Edmonton Heritage Festival, an event that features food, art, wares and performances from over 85 cultures.