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MAMAWAPOWUK – MAAWANKI’IDIWAG – MÂMAWIHITOWIN

A Gathering on Métis Art, Aesthetics, and Sovereignty 

Mamawapowuk – Maawanki’idiwag – Mâmawihitowin is an intentional gathering space for contemporary Métis artists, historians, curators, and cultural workers to convene as a community and theorize what it is that we do, make, and write. We take the name from the Michif, Anishinaabemowin, and Cree words that describe a gathering of people.

We are especially interested in the role that artists and cultural workers play in articulating decolonized forms of Métis sovereignty We imagine that Mamawapowuk – Maawanki’idiwag – Mâmawihitowin will expand our existing kin networks and artistic relationships within our community, as well as  create a space where Wiisaakodewininiwag – Otepemisiwak – Michif – Métis artists, writers, and cultural workers can further conceptualize what it is we do and the role that visual art plays in asserting Métis sovereignties.

We hope that Mamawapowuk – Maawanki’idiwag – Mâmawihitowin will lead to the publication of an edited collection of texts that are produced as a result of our coming together. Much like previous gatherings for Indigenous artists and historians, Mamawapowuk – Maawanki’idiwag – Mâmawihitowin will provide the space and time for artists, scholars, and curators to think and create together. Over three days in October, we will convene to discuss ideas and issues regarding Métis art histories, methodologies, art criticism, art writing, and curation, among other concerns. In the face of recent issues faced by Métis people and communities, as well as recent legal decisions, we want to make sure we think seriously and critically about the role that artists play in asserting Métis sovereignty.

The first day will convene at Michigan State University. The second day will be hosted on Saginaw Chippewa lands at the Ziibiwing Center. The third day will be a mixture of workshops and/or learning on the land.

With this humble gathering, we hope to continue conversations that are being had, as well as organize and develop new ones.  While Mamawapowuk – Maawanki’idiwag – Mâmawihitowin will be fluid, we do have some general ideas of what we would like to see emerge from this long weekend gathering in Michigan. These include, but are not limited to:

  1. Organizing the foundation for an edited collection on Métis art and possibly an exhibition;
  2. Commencing regularized gatherings and networks of Métis arts and cultural workers;
  3. Engaging in a sustained dialogue about Métis art, art history, curation, and sovereignty;
  4. Sharing with one another as a way to strengthen what we are doing individually and collectively and;
  5. Developing next steps.
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CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS

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JASON BAERG

Independent Artist, Toronto

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SHERRY FARRELL-RACETTE

Associate Professor, University of Manitoba

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ERIN MARIE KONSMO 

Media Arts Justice & Projects Coord., Native Youth Sexual Health Network

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AMY MALBEUF

Independent Artist, Alberta and Newfoundland

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DYLAN MINER

Director, Am. Indian & Indigenous Studies, Michigan State University

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SAMANTHA NOCK

Education Coordinator, Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver

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JESSIE SHORT

Independent Curator, Edmonton

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DAYNA DANGER

Independent Artist, Montréal

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TARAH HOGUE

Curator, grunt gallery, Vancouver

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ELIZABETH LaPENSÉE

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

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CATHY MATTES

Assistant Professor, Brandon University, Manitoba

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MICHELLE McGEOUGH

PhD Candidate, The University of New Mexico

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TIFFANY SHAW-COLLINGE

Independent artist, architect, and curator, Edmonton

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ERIN SUTHERLAND

Predoctoral Fellow, American Indian & Indigenous Studies, MSU

PhD Candidate, Queen’s University, Ontario


A Gathering on Métis Art, Aesthetics, and Sovereignty

October 13-16, 2016

Hosted by Michigan State University and

Ziibiwing Center for Anishnaabe Culture and Lifeways

SCHEDULE and MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

Contact Dylan Miner for more information