D.R. Michell, Say' ay' John Sirois, and Todd Mitchell present on the environmental issues affecting salmon, their tribes, and the rivers. After the presentation United By Water screened.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.
Working for over a decade an independent scholar using Nishnaabeg intellectual practices, Leanne has lectured and taught extensively at universities across Canada and has twenty years experience with Indigenous land based education. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba, is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University and faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh
"My Ancestors did not accumulate capital, they accumulated networks of meaningful, deep, fluid, intimate collective and individual relationships of trust. In times of hardship, we did not rely to any great degree on accumulated capital or individualism but on the strength of our relationships with others... / ...Nishnaabewin did not and does not prepare children for successful career paths in a hypercapitalistic system. It is designed to create self-motivated, self-directed, community-minded, interdependent, brilliant, loving citizens who at their core uphold our ideals around family, community, and nationhood by valuing their intelligences, their diversity, their desires and gifts, and their lived experiences. It encourages children to find their joy and place it at the center of their lives."Leanne Betasamosake SimpsonGuest presenter
The newest hall on campus is named after Vi Hilbert, an Upper Skagit elder, who helped revive and preserve the Lushootseed language which is spoken by many Puget Sound peoples.
After the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in the Vi Hilbert lobby the Indigenous Peoples Institute held an open house to present our, at the time, new office space.
Public Ribbon Cutting Celebration 1:30-2:00pm
Public Tours 2:00-3:30pm
IPI Open house 2:00-3:30pm
On November 19th we had a second open house where an alumna from the Seattle Indian Health Board shared about Indigenous foods and medicinal teas with our campus members.
Hanna-Marie and Johnny Moses talking in IPI
IPI's fireplace and sitting area
Northwest Film Forum
For millennia, the Haida People have lived on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii. From the perspective of a young Haida poet (Towustasin Stocker), White Ravens bears witness to the transgenerational trauma of colonization as survivors, their children, and grandchildren struggle with the effects of substance abuse, suicide, and interfamily trauma.
White Ravens focuses on patterns of resistance, from Towustasin’s family history of blockading corporate logging operations to the Haida Nation’s resurgence of the potlatch—the gift-giving ceremony that remains central to the self-governance of all Coastal First Nations People. On the eve of a historic chieftanship potlatch, the film meditates on the Haida legacy of resistance and resurgence, presenting a portrait of a First Nation community in healing.
Both Georg Koszulinski and Towustasin Stocker were in attendance.
Nic Low is a writer, installation artist and arts organizer of Ngai Tahu Maori and European descent. He divides his time between a hyper-social Melbourne sharehouse, and an anti-social bush retreat. His first book is Arms Race, a collection of fierce, playful short stories out with Text Publishing. He is working on his second, bicultural history of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, told through walking journeys.
Nic Low with students Aeon, Edith, and Chandler (left to right)
"Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty." - http://
After screening of the movie a panel was held for Q&A with the film makers.
Father Pat, Christina, and students with the filmmakers
Promised Land movie poster
"Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. Her paternal grandfather, a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian, had been a labor activist and Socialist in Oklahoma with the Industrial Workers of the World in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The stories of her grandfather inspired her to lifelong social justice activism." - Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, writer, feminist, and author of Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States which is her fifth book. Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz presented "Follow the Corn: North America in 1491" in Pigott auditorium. After the presentation Dr. Christina Roberts, IPI Director, interviewed Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz.
Diane, Aeon, Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Hillary, and Chandler
Dr. Christina Roberts & Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz sitting for the Q&A portion of the event
Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz's 5th book "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States"