• Teresa Montoya

    Teresa Montoya (Diné) is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago where she holds a position in Native American and Indigenous Studies. She earned a PhD in Anthropology from New York University where she also completed a filmmaking certificate in Culture and Media.  She earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Spanish from the University of San Diego and an M.A. in Museum Anthropology from the University of Denver. Her current manuscript project, Permeable: Diné Politics of Extraction and Exposure, approaches territorial dispossession and environmental toxicity as pervasive features of contemporary Indigenous life. Based on over 15 months of ethnographic research on the Navajo Nation, her research engages local modes of relating, both in its political and kinship imaginings, to understand the entanglements of checkerboard allotment, tribal jurisdiction, and regulatory failure among Diné communities of present-day northern Arizona and New Mexico. Themes of environmental contamination and settler colonialism interrogated in her writing are central to her ongoing media work in the mediums of photography and filmmaking. A curated selection of images from her current photographic projects are shared in this website. Her academic, political, and personal commitments are centered in Diné Bikéyah, the home that she carries with her and the home to which she always returns.

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  • Marianne Nicolson

    Marianne Nicolson’s (‘Tayagila’ogwa) (Canadian, Scottish, Dzawada̱’enux̱w, b. 1969) training encompasses both traditional Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw forms and culture and Western European based art practice. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1996), an MFA (1999), an MA in Linguistics and Anthropology (2005) and a PhD in Linguistics, Anthropology and Art History (2013) from the University of Victoria. She has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally and internationally as a painter, photographer and installation artist, has written and published numerous essays and articles, and has participated in multiple speaking engagements. Her practice engages with issues of Aboriginal histories and politics arising from a passionate involvement in cultural revitalization and sustainability.

    Nicolson works as a cultural researcher and historian for the Kwakwaka’wakw as well as an advocate for Indigenous land rights. Her practice is multi-disciplinary, encompassing photography, painting, carving, video, installation, monumental public art, writing and speaking. All her work is political in nature and seeks to uphold Kwakwaka’wakw traditional philosophy and worldview through contemporary mediums and technology. Exhibitions include the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; The Vancouver Art Gallery; The National Museum of the American Indian in New York; Nuit Blanche in Toronto, Ontario; and many others. Major monumental public artworks are situated in Vancouver International Airport; the Canadian Embassy in Amman, Jordan; and the Canadian Embassy in Paris, France.

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  • Tania Willard

    Tania Willard, of the Secwepemc Nation, works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production. Often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard has worked as a curator in residence with grunt gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery. Willard’s curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, a national touring exhibition first presented at Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011, Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun at the Museum of Anthropology co-curated by Karen Duffek in 2016, and CUSTOM MADEat Kamloops Art Gallery. She has also been selected as one of 5 National curators for a National scope exhibition in collaboration with Partners in Art and National Parks. Willard’s personal curatorial projects include BUSH gallery, a conceptual space for land based art and action led by Indigenous artists.

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  • cheyanne turions


    cheyanne turions is a curator, cultural worker and writer concerned with art’s capacity to provoke otherwise possibilities. Currently, turions is the Curator at SFU Galleries and on the Board of Directors at 221A.

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