Meranda Roberts & Suzanne Kite on Anti-Colonial Methodologies and Disrupting Institutions
July 21, 2022
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In-person Thursday, July 21, at 6 PM ET, Forge Project is hosting a talk and conversation with Meranda Roberts (Northern Paiute and Chicana) and Kite (Oglala Lakota) on Indigenous research methodologies and ways of knowing, and how those anti-colonial frameworks can disrupt institutional knowledge keeping, in conservation and preservation but also in archives and collections management, curation and installation design, artist and community collaborations, and even accompanying text and publications.
Meranda Roberts (@curatorialkilljoy) is an enrolled member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe in Nevada, as well as Chicana. In 2018, she earned her PhD from the University of California, Riverside in Native American History. She has worked as a co-curator at the Field Museum of Natural History, where she developed content for the renovation of the museum’s seventy-year-old Native American exhibition hall, now titled “Native Truths: Our Stories. Our Voices.” She is also the co-host for the award-winning podcast “Exhibiting Kinship” and is currently an independent museum consultant. Meranda also served on the 2022 Forge Project Fellowship selection jury.
Meranda’s passion lies in holding colonial institutions, like museums, accountable for the harmful narratives they have painted about Indigenous people. She is also dedicated to reconnecting Indigenous collection items with their descendants. Through the use of Indigenous methodologies, as well as public history pedagogy, Meranda examines the harm colonialism continues to inflict on Indigenous communities and how public institutions can correct these wrongs.
Kite aka Suzanne Kite (@kitekitekitekitekite) is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California. Kite has an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and is a PhD candidate at Concordia University, Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, and was a 2019 Trudeau Scholar.
Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota ontologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance practice. Recently, Kite has been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fiber sculptures, immersive video & sound installations.
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