This website is a prototype for an interactive documentary on underground music scenes in Native American and First Nations communities. Please follow the links below or in the menu above to explore different ways of interacting with this project.


The Native Music Project was originally created as a final project for a graduate course in experimental documentary practice in the Media Studies program at the New School. It is an experiment in interactive documentation and crowd-sourced data-gathering. It is made up of four main components: an interactive map, a wiki glossary, a blog and a resources page

The project is intended to explore underground music scenes within indigenous communities throughout North America. Instead of using a traditional film format, like most documentaries, it attempts to record the history and presence of modern indigenous musicians through the use of new media. Users are able to participate in multiple ways, by adding or subtracting entries on the map, editing the wiki glossary, submitting blogs posts and generating conversations in comments sections throughout the site. All aspects of the project are subject to change and evolve as participation increases. 

For more information about the creative and political process behind this project, please explore the blog.


Jessyca Murphy is a mixed heritage “urban Indian” of Irish, Cherokee and Iroquois decent. She has been active in punk and DIY/DIT scenes in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade. Jessyca is on her last year of graduate studies in the Media Studies department at the New School. She is a contributing a writer and editor for the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington and a teaching assistant in Fashion Studies and Fashion History at Parsons the New School for Design. Jessyca currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, but considers Bellingham, WA, her forever home.

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