Indigenous Culture Reaches New Heights, Audiences With Video Game Streaming

OTTAWA (CityNews) – Indigenous content creators and streamers are mixing traditional culture with modern games as part of a new wave of digital culture.

Marlon Weekusk, better known by his Twitch streamer name Marmar, is a Cree Nation content creator from Onion Lake, Saskatchewan, near the Alberta border.

Weekusk plays games like “Dead by Daylight” and “Call of Duty: Warzone” for its subscribers.

“I’ve always had an interest in the technology of it, from photography and videography, connecting things together and creating scenes and stuff, so people can watch that,” Weekusk said.

The streamer says he’s always been passionate about content creation and technology. He thinks the production skills he learned from streaming on Twitch and Facebook Gaming are a real asset to his job.

“It’s a technical skill, and it’s a skill in demand,” he said. “Broadcast, webcast, people don’t realize that businesses will be looking for these things. “

While there aren’t many native Twitch streamers, the gaming industry in Canada is ready to offer support.

Ubisoft Games, based in Montreal, has signed Weekusk as an ambassador.

And earlier this year, Ubisoft unveiled a new Indigenous character – Thunderbird – for its hit game Rainbow Six Siege. Thunderbird comes from the hometown of Weekusk, Saskatchewan.

“They asked three women in my area to consult on this,” Weekusk said. “They had the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crest on the arm, star quilt designs and so on, the ribbons.

“And then in the trailer, she says the line ‘skoden’. And not many people understand that. I’m sure a lot of people have heard it, but it is native to young Native Americans. It means, ‘Come on- there then. ‘”

–With files from Xiaoli Li

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