Funding – The Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA). Due: March 31st, 2017.

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The Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) Due March 31st, 2017

  • This award supports activities such as fieldwork (data collection); research visits to libraries, archives, or universities; course/curriculum development; and international collaborations leading to peer-reviewed publication. Civil Society Scholars are selected on the basis of their outstanding contributions to research or other engagements with local communities, to furthering debates on challenging societal questions, and to strengthening critical scholarship and academic networks within their fields.


The application deadline is March 31st, 2017.

Hoop Dancing & Smoke Dancing workshops

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The CFNDF Youth Outreach program provides a unique opportunity for youth (ages 14-24) to receive mentorship under leading Indigenous dance artists. The program’s goal is to encourage youth to engage with the practices of song and dance and to instill within them the confidence to know that their voice is valued. Bridging traditional and contemporary forms, the artists leading the workshops are all innovators of their art forms. The classes are open to all youth with no previous experience necessary.

Hoop Dancing: James Jones facilitates a movement based workshop centered on the practice of hoop dancing. He teaches participants the fundamentals and basic steps of hoop dancing and speak about its history and significance and his connection to contemporary practice.

Tuesday, March 1, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, Longhouse

Smoke Dancing: Tesha Emarthle leads a movement based workshop grounded in her background as a smoke dancer. She teaches the basic steps of smoke dancing and share its history and cultural significance for Haudenosaunee people.

Wednesday, March 2, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, Longhouse

Pre-registration is required for these free workshops.


Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, February 15, 2016

CFP – INDIGENOUS INTERVENTION into “INDIGENOUS NARRATIVE”, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Due: Dec. 11, 2015

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The Institute of American Indian Arts Indigenous Liberal Studies Department


March 31-April 2, 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Indigenous Liberal Studies Department is convening an interdisciplinary conference exploring the idea of “Indigenous Narrative.” The Indigenous Intervention on Indigenous Narrative is being convened to bring forth ideas related to the Indigenous experience with the concept of “Narrative” in culture, literature, philosophy, history, politics, economics, film, television, art, music, social theory, business. The concept of Indigenous Narrative has many applications and responses in the Indigenous world including assimilation, economic development, education, cultural change, artistic expression, evolution/devolution, language, psychology, and more.

Please submit a one-page abstract or a panel proposal with abstracts by December 11, 2015. Organized panels are encouraged. Special Undergraduate Research sections for papers and panels are available (please indicate on your proposal/abstract if yours is undergraduate research). All presenters will be required to register for the conference. Registration details will be forthcoming.

To submit your proposal or abstract: email:, mail: Indigenous Intervention, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Institute of American Indian Arts, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508-1300. For more information: Stephen Wall, 505.424.2376 or

IAIA has been working to develop an online journal of papers from the Indigenous Interventions work continues as we seek to digitally publish all works that are submitted by the scholars for publication.


Job – Assistant Professor, History of First Nations Art and Cultural Practices, UBC, Due: Jan 5, 2016

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Assistant Professor in the History of First Nations Art and Cultural Practices Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
The University of British Columbia

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of the History of First Nations Art and Cultural Practices. Ability to teach the history of indigenous arts from the Pacific Northwest is required. The successful candidate will be an active scholar in the most advanced theoretical and methodological concerns of the field.

UBC, one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada, has excellent resources for scholarly research. The Art History program partners with a strong Visual Art and Critical and Curatorial Studies programs ( This position in Art History also presents an opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group of scholars within the larger academic community, including the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program, the Museum of Anthropology, the Law Faculty, and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. In addition there is an active community of First Nations artists working in Vancouver.

The successful candidate must have a PhD and is expected to provide strong evidence of active and excellent research, and to demonstrate a record of, or potential for, high quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He or she will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service.

Applicants should apply through the UBC Faculty careers website: Submissions should include a letter of application; a detailed curriculum vitae; statement of research and teaching philosophies; a sample dissertation chapter or scholarly paper; evidence of teaching potential and effectiveness. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted by email to:, or by mail to: Professor Scott Watson, Chair, Art History Search Committee, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia, 400-6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2, Canada. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2016.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received by January 5, 2016.

Review of applications will begin soon after this date and will continue until the position is filled.

Linking Language, Culture, and the Environment: Twenty years of Biocultural Diversity Research and Action, 11:30 am – 1 pm, Sep. 24, 2015

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Thursday, September 24: Linking Language, Culture, and the Environment: Twenty years of Biocultural Diversity Research and Action

Indigenous societies tend to make no distinction between “nature” and “culture”, seeing people as an intrinsic part of a greater whole that is the natural world. In Western ways of thinking, instead, “nature” and “culture” have often been conceptualized as distinct realms, and people have been seen as separate from (and even dominant over) nature. So pervasive has this dichotomy been, that our vocabularies contain no words to refer to “nature and culture” together.
The concept of biocultural diversity emerged two decades ago as a way of bridging this gap. A new word had to be coined to encapsulate the idea that diversity in nature (biodiversity) and diversity in culture (cultural and linguistic diversity) are all manifestations of the diversity of life, and that they are interconnected and interdependent. This lecture by Dr. Luisa Maffi reviews the history and conceptual foundations of biocultural diversity and its applications in a variety of “real-world” situations.

Hosted by the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program & Department of Anthropology.

Thursday, September 24
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Anthropology and Sociology Building (near MOA)
Room 1109, 6303 NW Marine Drive’
Everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact Mark Turin,, 604-827-0613.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, September 15, 2015

The Wixaritari and the Heart of the World, 7 pm, Sep. 29, 2015

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Tuesday, September 29: The Wixaritari and the Heart of the World
Join MOA Director Dr. Anthony Shelton for a special lecture on The Wixaritari (Huichol). The Wixaritari, who live in the mountainous, isolated parts of northwest Mexico, have retained a unique cosmology despite continuous threats to despoil their land and sacred sites. Their homeland was created through the sacrifice of their ancestral deities who became transformed into the land, mountains, seas and plant and animal forms that surround them. This presentation will open a glimpse into this world and describe some of their techniques and philosophy which enables them to see what is invisible to others.

Tuesday, September 29 at 7pm
UBC Museum of Anthropology

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, September 15, 2015

Course – LLED 565D: Indigenous Language and Cultural Education: Local and Global Perspective. UBC, Winter 1, Sept – Dec 2015

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Term: Winter 1, Sept – Dec 2015

Course Number: LLED 565D

Course Section: 061

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: UBC, Scarfe 308A  

Course Description: This course will create an opportunity for students to engage in the educational perspectives of Indigenous peoples and communities on an international scale. We will review various practices, theories, methodologies and epistemologies that have emerged from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Course Delivery: This hybrid course will be delivered face-to-face and through video conferencing on a weekly basis.

Participating Global Sites & Instructors:

  • University of British Columbia, Candace K. Galla (Hawaiian)
  • University of Hawaiʻi Hilo, Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa (Hawaiian)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Beth Leonard (Deg Hit’an Athabaskan)
  • University of Arizona, Sheilah Nicholas (Hopi)
  • Diné College, Cynthia Benally (Navajo)
  • Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi-Whakatane, Rosina Taniwha (Māori)

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society journal publishes new blog series exploring hip hop and decolonization

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Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society just published a series entitled “Hip Hop and Decolonization” that includes twelve essays from hip hop artists and thinkers spanning a wide range of ideas and communities. Many of the essays utilize and incorporate audio and video, including the essay from Mark V. Campbell, which has a specially recorded DJ set for his essay.

Check out the essays below!

Jasiri X – Motivation and Mission (Don’t Let Them Get Away With Murder)

SCZ – Remixing: Decolonial Strategies in Cultural Production

Kyle T. Mays – Can We Live And Be Modern? Decolonization, Indigenous Modernity, and Hip Hop

Jenell Navarro – Remixing Education: Tall Paul’s Contributions to Decolonizing the Classroom

Susan Blight – Where You’re From and Where You’re At: Place, Space and the Assertion of Nationhood in Shibastik’s “Moose River”

Frank Waln – Indigenous Hip Hop and Performance as Resurgence

Bryce Henson – Burning the Imperialist Nostalgia: The Native Urban Renaissance in North America

Mark V. Campbell – Sonic Intimacies: On DJing Better Futures

Chandni Desai – Trackin’ Settler Colonial Erasures in Palestine: Decolonizing Zionist Toponymy

Lindsay Knight (Eekwol) – Rhyming Out the Future: Reclaiming Indigenous Identity Through Hip Hop

Mahlikah Awe:ri (of the Red Slam Collective) – Right Level, Next Level: Indigenizing Hip Hop

Professor D.Us (of Dope Poets) – Hip Hop’s Origins as Organic Decolonization