“Land is Our First Teacher”: Teaching Indigenous Art Studio & Art History Online

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November 27, 2020
Alberta, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Teaching and Learning, Indigenous Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Open Art Histories Presents, “Land is Our First Teacher”: Teaching Indigenous Art Studio & Art History Online

Friday, November 27th at 11:00am (PST), 12:00pm (MST)

Facilitated by Jackson Two Bears and Devon Smither, University of Lethbridge

As Jennifer Wemigwans argues in A Digital Bundle: Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online (2018), the Internet can play a vital role in the transmission of Indigenous Knowledge, at the same time that it can pose risks, ethical questions and challenges as educators shift their teaching online. For those teaching Indigenous art or art history in remote or hybrid courses, the question of how we teach is an especially urgent one. This interactive workshop is a starting point for developing strategies for creating accessible, inclusive, and active remote classrooms that position education as the vehicle for sustaining cultural knowledges. We ask: How do we teach Indigenous land-based knowledge online? How can online pedagogy enact Indigenous Knowledges? What specific assignments and strategies can we employ to address these concerns?

The workshop will be held on Zoom and will use the chat and breakout room features. Zoom link to follow.

Space is limited, please register by Friday, November 6th, 2020, email devon.smither@gmail.com or openarthistories@gmail.com

Further information will be sent upon registration.

Contact Info: 

Devon Smither, Art History/Museum Studies, University of Lethbridge

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