TCU’s sixth annual Native American and Indigenous Peoples Day symposium will be held on Monday, October 3, 2022. This year’s theme is, “The Future is Indigenous: Popular Culture for the Seventh Generation.” Our keynote speaker will be Miranda Due (Pawnee/Cherokee), an Indigenous interactive producer, artist and speaker. She is originally from Oklahoma and is a proud member of the Pawnee Nation. Miranda attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media and Games program and currently works at Unity Technologies. Due has shipped multiple interactive projects, ranging from mobile games, educational games, AR/VR projects, museum exhibits, to most recently AAA games (Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War). In addition to her work as a producer, Due is a driving voice in diversity, equity and inclusion for the games industry and has worked to establish pathways for Indigenous game developers in the industry by being a mentor and establishing the Indigenous Network at Activision. Due served as the Chair of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Game Developers Association, Diversity and Inclusion Chair of the Women of Cinematic Arts, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pawnee Nation Museum where she is working with her tribe to build a new museum. Miranda is committed to promoting diversity in the entertainment industry and aims to elevate the voices and work of Indigenous creators.
Indigenous Futurisms is a wide-ranging field that uses science fiction, fantasy, art, and other media to bring together and explore past and present Indigenous experiences and understandings through the perspective of the future. Many Indigenous designers, artists, and writers use the themes of Indigenous Futurisms to celebrate and center Indigenous cultures in a variety of popular media.
We thank our generous sponsors: Office of the Provost, Office of Student Identity & Engagement, Women & Gender Studies, and Native and Indigenous Student Association
3-3:50 PM: Ancestor in Training- Forging New Pathways and Leaving a Legacy; BLUU Auditorium
This talk will address some of the obstacles and challenges that Indigenous people face in higher education and entertainment as told through the eyes of Miranda Due. She will discuss overcoming and thriving, while continuing to live an authentic life. We will dive into the ideas of Indigenous futurism, learning how to reimagine a past, present, and future.
7-8:30 PM: Beyond the Token: Reclaiming Indigenous Identity in Pop Culture; BLUU Ballroom
Miranda Due will discuss her story of embracing one’s own identity and reconnecting with her heritage and tribes. Learn a brief history of representation in media and video games and what the future of Indigenous storytelling looks like in Miranda's eyes.
The image includes a Native man and woman who are in shades of purple to highlight TCU's pride and color. They are wearing urban traditional clothing such as a ribbon shirt, ribbon pants, and beadwork jewelry. The Indigenous man is holding a prayer stick to signify that our journey is guided by prayer and by our ancestors to help guide us through the future decisions we make. The woman is holding burning sage to represent the healing and blessings that we strive for as we continue to thrive and increase representation in every aspect that we want to be included in. Both the Indigenous people are riding on top of an eagle which is a sacred animal to many tribal nations and also is a way of prayer and blessings. I wanted the image to be of the past, present, and future all in one image. The medicine wheel is included as the portal between the past and future in this artwork. The black and white image inside the portal shows teepees and mountains and land to signify both how some tribes in the area we reside once lived and also how the common perception of Native Americans is viewed in society. As Native people, we are always looked at as something of the past and everything is typically black and white. I included multiple colors on the regalia of the Indigenous people to signify how rich and diverse our cultures are. We are people of different nations, cultures, customs, and symbols that are sacred to us. If you attend powwows you would see the different uses of colors and I believe incorporating colors is important when thinking about Native people because we have a bright future and have always been prideful, beautiful, and expressive.
My name is Deante’ Moore and I am an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community. I am Black, Akimel O’odham and Tohono O’odham. I have been creating art since I could write, and it is important for me to incorporate all aspects of myself when I create a piece.