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How Native Americans are using video games to foster connection – Christian Science Monitor

Marlon Weekusk, a member of the Onion Lake Cree Nation from Saskatoon, in central Canada, is known by his icon: a howling white wolf that has held significance for him throughout his spiritual journey as a Cree. Those who know him expect conversations about tokenizing Indigenous people and representation of Cree characters in the video games he plays for fun and profit – Call of Duty and Dead by Daylight.

Mr. Weekusk is a streamer – an expert video gamer who plays for a public of mostly other avid gamers – and like other Indigenous streamers, he offers running commentary while he plays: critiques of popular games, opinions about streaming platforms like Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming, and stories about his culture and spirituality.

As well known as Mr. Weekusk’s identity is to his fans in the small world of Indigenous gaming, he realizes that he and his culture go almost completely unrecognized in the greater gaming world. And he is determined to change that by educating the online world while empowering other Indigenous content creators.


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