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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 Meagan Byrne, an Âpihtawikosisân (Métis of Ontario) digital media artist and game designer who uses narrative and traditional art rooted in Indigenous Futurisms, languages, and Indigenous feminist theory. A co-founder of Achimostawinan Games, her designs address the complexities of Indigenous identities, especially in relation to systems and values established by Euro-American colonization, as well as issues of survivance (which goes beyond resilience to emphasize getting better in the face of adversity), cultural belonging, Indigenization of media, and the future of Indigenous languages and cultures. 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.  More details forthcoming.

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