Translating Indigenous Civic Ecologies

  • Jessica Rachel Jacobson-Konefall
Keywords: Cree, Jude Norris, Anishinaabe, Nadia Myre, contemporary art, media art, civic ecology, Indigenous materialism


Art exhibits by the artists Jude Norris and Nadia Myre present Indigenous civic ecology as multifaceted relationships with animals and land. These perspectives translate liberal citizenship and civil society into visions of Indigenous civic ecology conveying related relational practices. Winnebago theorist Renya Ramirez emphasizes emotion, relationships, care work, and vernacular understandings of belonging as gendered aspects of Native citizenship exceeding and troubling liberal logic. Norris and Myre’s art works extend Ramirez’ human-focused discussion into civic ecology frameworks. These works develop Ramirez’s theory of translocal Native citizenship in an Indigenist materialist vein (Kalbfleisch and Robinson 52), while at the same time showing the ways that theories of new materialism in art history and translation studies remain settler colonial when they do not centre Indigenous knowledge.


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