Shaawano niindigo. Makwa nindoodem. Gaawaabiganikaag indoonjibaa, idash Cayuga ishkoniganing indaa. Miigwech mawidishiyeg!
The menu at left has links to my academic activities, artistic work, political commentary, and Ojibwemowin resources.
My book, music, and film reviews are written from the perspective of an Indigenous scholar, and may include commentary on how I use the materials for teaching.
Ninga-kagwejitoon ji ojibwemoyaanomaa. Niin sa bangi eta go ninita-ojibwem.
I will try using Ojibwe here. I only know how to speak Ojibwe a little bit. My teachers have been Delores Wakefield, Collins OakGrove, Tony Treuer, Pebaamibines Dennis Jones, Gwayakogaabow Rick Gresczyk, Naawigiizis Jim Clark, Tobasonakwut Peter Kelly, Naabekwaa Adrian Liberty, David Bissonette, Waawaakeyaash Keller Paap, Nancy Jones, Larry "Amik" Smallwood, and Ojibwemowin Zagaswe'iding in Minneapolis.
While talking about stereotype has become rather boring, stereotypes themselves have not gone out of fashion, nor have they lost much of their ability to stand in for real people and real issues. Stereotypes fill films and literature, and allow their audience to quickly follow plots and conflicts without much explanation of character motivation or social context. They also fill academic work and journalism for the same reason. Whether through cultural appropriation, or misrepresentation in literature or journalism, the results are the same: stereotypes help us all consume ideas, and often that includes consuming the labor, lives, and lands of Indigenous peoples.
I received my PhD in Anthropology in 2012 from the University of Iowa. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota. I have taught at Bowdoin College in Maine, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, The Evergreen State College in Washington, the University of Washington, and Cornell University in New York.
Please note, nothing on this site should be construed as representative of any of my current or past institutional affiliations.
My research areas are: Indigenous language revitalization, language and identity, American cultural studies, language ideologies, American Indian sovereignty, critical theory, Native American studies, and coloniality.
I am also known for applying Indigenous critical theory to zombie films and literature.