This paper explores how indigenous peoples negotiate with their state and mainstream narratives by glocalizing indigenous political and cultural identities through virtual spaces offered by digital technology or information and communication technology (ICT). The first section makes an announcement of its concern about how globalization and indigeneity at some points can involve themselves in an act of mutual making, a process of glocalization (localization + globalization). The second section offers a theoretical paradigm of globalization as a network of techno-culture and indigenous identity politics. The third section focuses on the Nepali indigeneity in the light of mutual influence between it and global indigenous issues as well as ICT. As indigenous peoples cannot stop the irresistible influence of global networks and flows (e.g., sociocultural and economic), they have to rather locate their political and cultural issues and identities in the very loci of globalization, mainly in the networks of technoculture and international indigenous politics. The Nepali indigenous community organizations’ intermediary efforts have been rendered successful by the use of ICT and the strategic deployments of international indigenous forums like the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).
Posted to the Ethnos Project by Mark Oppenneer on August 5th, 2014