In the age when people publish instantly on Facebook,
Instagram, Tumblr, and their own blogs, it might be difficult to see
where zines--low-tech, photocopied, self-published magazines--have a
place. But they're still around. You might find them laying around at
your local coffee shop or alternative bookstore. The zine publisher
might print one out and mail it to you. Kayla Shaggy's (Diné and
Anishinaabe) zine, "Monstrous," is filled with drawings of monsters. She
says the format offers "the freedom to do what you want."
Self-publishing something that people can hold in their hands is part of
the reason for doing it. We'll talk with Native zine makers about why
self-publishing a few copies with limited reach is their favorite way to
get their creative work out.