MAR Talks: Reclaiming Powwow with Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane
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About the Event
Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is an Anishinaabe dancer, educator, writer, artist and orator from Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Her grandparents, maternal and paternal, come from Wiikwemkoong. Her parents are residential school survivors. Karen is an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University in the Treaty Seven region. She is cross-appointed to the Department of General Education, Ofﬁce of Teaching and Learning, and the Department of Humanities–Indigenous Studies. She is also in completion of a PhD in Educational Policy Studies/Indigenous Peoples Education with the University of Alberta.
In 2020, Karen published her book Powwow: A Celebration through Song and Dance, an Orca Origins series title. Powwow is a celebration of Indigenous song and dance. It’s a journey through the history of powwow culture in North America, from its origins in colonization, the Indian Act and the Wild West shows of the late 1800s to the thriving powwow culture of today. Her book explores how powwow culture, and an understanding of its importance in Indigenous culture, can be a part of the narrative of reconciliation.
We sit down with Karen to talk about her book, its impact, and her personal journey to reclaim Powwow.