TCDP TOP PICK | Shaking Our Shells: Stories from On the Wings of Wadaduga

11/18/2012 - 7:30pm - 11/19/2012 - 7:30pm

TCDP TOP PICK: Louise Erdrich's receipt of a National Book Award is an enormously proud moment for Minnesota generally and our Native communities specifically—but Native voices in the Twin Cities are loud and proud well beyond Birchbark Books. On November 18 and 19, Intermedia Arts hosts the trans Cherokee artist Qwo-Li Driskill, who will tell his/her story as part of Pangea World Theater's Indigenous Voices Series. - Jay Gabler

Sunday and Monday, November 18 and 19 at 7:30pm
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Both performances will be followed by a post-show discussion with the artist

Part of Pangea World Theater’s INDIGENOUS VOICES SERIES*, Co-Presented by Intermedia Arts

Shaking Our Shells: Stories from On the Wings of Wadaduga is an ongoing historiographical performance project that focuses on revising archived and embodied Cherokee Two-Spirit/GLBTQ memories. Drawing on archival research and interviews, this one-person performance shares stories from Cherokee cultural memory about 2 GLBTQ people within the context of larger tactics for decolonization and continuance.

Qwo-Li Driskill is a Cherokee Two-Spirit/Queer writer, scholar, educator, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. S/he is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems and the co-editor of Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Inverventions is Theory, Politics, and Literature and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. Hir artistic and scholarly work appears in numerous publications, and s/he performs and facilitates workshops at events across Turtle Island. Qwo-Li grew up in rural Colorado and earned a PhD in Rhetoric & Writing at Michigan State University in 2008. S/he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of English at Texas A&M University, where Qwo-Li teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric & writing, and continues to research Queer and Two-Spirit Indigenous politics and identities, particularly of Cherokee Queer/Two-Spirit people, as well as critical ethnic studies, historiography, oral history performance, Native language restoration, healing historical trauma, radical pedagogies, and Red-Black Studies. An activist since the early 90s, Qwo-Li is committed to radical social transformation and intersectional politics. Hir activism is deeply rooted in and informed by Native decolonization movements, Queer/Trans/GLBT communities of color, feminisms, poor/working-class politics, and (dis)ability movements. Qwo-Li’s work as a poet, performer, scholar, and educator is entwined with struggles for social justice and healing.

*The Indigenous Voices Series was created in 2001 to explore issues in the indigenous agenda, focusing not only on internal details but also the wider global and national contexts through the medium of theater and performance art. In this series, local, national, and international artists raise issues that affect their community issues of identity, rights, struggles, and experiences. 

Photo by Jason Taellious (Creative Commons)

2822 Lyndale Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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