This companion consists of chapters that focus on and bring forward critical theories and productive methodologies for Indigenous art history in North America.

    This book makes a major and original contribution to the fields of Indigenous visual arts, professional curatorial practice, graduate-level curriculum development, and academic research. The contributors expand, create, establish and define Indigenous theoretical and methodological approaches for the production, discussion, and writing of Indigenous art histories.

    Bringing together scholars, curators, and artists from across the intersecting fields of Indigenous art history, critical museology, cultural studies, and curatorial practice, the companion promotes the study and dissemination of Indigenous art and stimulates new conversations on such key areas as visual sovereignty and self-determination; resurgence and resilience; land-based, embodied, and nation-specific knowledges; epistemologies and ontologies; curatorial and museological methodologies; language; decolonization and Indigenization; and collaboration, consultation, and mentorship. 

    chapter |17 pages


    The Path Before Us: Generating and Foregrounding Indigenous Art Theory and Method
    ByHeather Igloliorte, Carla Taunton

    section Section I|64 pages

    Sovereignty and Futurity

    chapter 1|9 pages

    Art, Visual Sovereignty and Pushing Perceptions

    ByJolene Rickard

    chapter 2|12 pages

    Dancing Sovereignty

    Reclaiming the Grease Trail Through Protocol, Movement, and Song
    ByMique’l Dangeli

    chapter 3|11 pages

    Shifting the Paradigm of Art History

    A Multi-sited Indigenous Approach
    Byheather ahtone

    chapter 4|11 pages

    An Inuit Approach to Archival Work Based On Respect and Adaptability

    ByHeather Campbell, Reilley Bishop-Stall

    chapter 5|12 pages

    Overclock Our Imagination!

    Mapping the Indigenous Future Imaginary
    ByJason Edward Lewis

    chapter 6|7 pages

    A Manifesto of Close Encounters

    BySteven Loft

    section Section II|67 pages

    Kinship, Care, Relationality

    chapter 7|7 pages

    Kitchen Tables and Beads

    Space and Gesture in Contemplative and Creative Research
    BySherry Farrell Racette

    chapter 8|6 pages

    Expanding Relationships

    Beyond the Non
    ByAshok Mathur

    chapter 9|5 pages

    Wisdom in Beauty

    Respect in Indigenous Curation
    ByKathleen Ash-Milby

    chapter 10|12 pages

    Balancing Curatorial Indigenous and Queer Belonging:

    In Conversation with Artist and Curator Adrian Stimson (Blackfoot Siksika Nation)
    ByLogan MacDonald

    chapter 11|11 pages

    Taking Good Care

    Collaborative Curating and the Alberni Indian Residential School Art Collection
    ByAndrea Walsh

    chapter 12|11 pages

    Betraying the Object

    Relational Anxieties and Bureaucratic Care in Indigenous Collections Research
    ByMikinaak Migwans

    chapter 13|13 pages

    A Brief Conversation on Visiting, Mentoring, The Land, and Art History

    ByErin Sutherland, Dylan Miner

    section Section III|82 pages

    Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being

    chapter 14|6 pages


    Spirit, Land and Form Among Turtle Island's Indigenous Artists, Designers and Architects
    ByGerald McMaster

    chapter 15|12 pages

    Indigenous Curation in LA

    The People's Home: Winston Street 1974
    ByCelestina Castillo, Nancy Marie Mithlo

    chapter 16|9 pages

    The Giving Tree

    Methodologies of Generosity
    ByJulie Nagam

    chapter 17|9 pages

    Frontrunners as an Exploration of Indigenous Littoral Curation

    ByCathy Mattes

    chapter 18|11 pages

    A:Shiwi Art History

    The Strength of Pueblo Place
    ByMiranda Belarde-Lewis

    chapter 19|10 pages

    Inuit Research Methodologies

    Conversations Toward Reclaiming Inuit Protocols with Robert Comeau
    ByKrista Ulujuk Zawadski

    chapter 20|13 pages

    A Braided Process

    Decolonizing, Indigenizing, and Self-Determination
    ByJaimie Isaac

    chapter 21|10 pages

    There are No Metaphors

    A Proposal for Dreaming Indigenous Philosophies into Studio Arts Education
    ByPeter Morin

    section Section IV|97 pages

    Anti-colonial Practices

    chapter 22|12 pages

    From Colonial Trophy Case to Non-Colonial Keeping House

    ByDavid Garneau

    chapter 23|14 pages

    An Ethic of Decolonial Questioning

    Exercising the Quadruple Turn in the Arts and Culture Sector
    ByLeah Decter, Carla Taunton

    chapter 24|14 pages

    Unsettling Artistic Expectations with Two-Eyed Seeing

    ByTravis Wysote

    chapter 25|9 pages

    Decolonizing Representation

    Ontological Transformations Through Re-mediation of Indigenous Representation in Popular Culture and Indigenous Interventions
    ByStephen Foster, Mike Evans

    chapter 26|12 pages

    Care Full Discomfort

    Engaged Decolonial Practice, People and Admin
    ByRachelle Dickenson

    chapter 27|11 pages

    Telling the Stories of Objects in Museum Collections

    Some Thoughts and Approaches
    ByJonathan Lainey

    chapter 28|10 pages

    Art Racism to Indigenography Methodology

    ByMary Longman

    chapter 29|13 pages

    A Glossary of Insistence

    ByTanya Lukin Linklater

    section Section V|71 pages

    Stories, Living Knowledges, Continuity and Resurgence

    chapter 30|10 pages

    Writing and Sharing Our Art Histories

    Storying Histories of Art: Activating the Visual
    ByCarmen Robertson

    chapter 31|9 pages

    Bringing Stories to Sites at Shore LunchClarkson/Mississauga

    ByLisa Myers

    chapter 32|10 pages

    “The Words You Choose are Purposeful”

    On Inuit Writing and Editing
    ByTarralik Duffy, Taqralik Partridge

    chapter 33|9 pages

    Beyond Queer Survivance

    ByMichelle McGeough

    chapter 34|10 pages

    Indigenous Abstraction

    A Vehicle for Visioning
    ByJason Baerg

    chapter 36|13 pages

    Foregrounding Pivalliatitsinik/Piggautigijaunikkut

    Indigenous Mentorship in Creative Spaces
    ByHeather Igloliorte